Equal Time For Imports: 1979 Triumph Spitfire 4X4

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So a bunch of you had opinions about the 4×4 Camaro we featured recently. I thought it was high time my beloved Triumphs got some equal time with a similarly modified example. Actually, we owe thanks to bnvle64 who forwarded this highly unusual find! It’s located in Luther, Iowa and is advertised here on craigslist for $700.

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Apparently the seller thought it would be a good idea to take a poor, unsuspecting Triumph Spitfire and place its body on top of a Toyota four wheel drive pickup frame. At least the Spitfire is worth a lot less than the Camaro to begin with. As much as I love Triumphs, I had to laugh a little at this  one. It doesn’t help that I used to own a Spitfire this color that may have been the worst Triumph I’ve ever owned.

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The seller describes the body and frame to be in good shape. I’m a little unclear as to whether or not the two are actually attached, as I can’t see anything in this picture holding the two together. Maybe that’s a good thing as it would allow separation?

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There may be some welds at the rear, although it’s still pretty hard to tell. Either way, the frame has been set up for a Chevrolet V-8 and transmission, but neither are here. There is supposedly a hardtop for the Spitfire, but we don’t see it in any of the pictures.

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That was once a beautiful Nardi steering wheel before it was left out in the elements. Ouch. And as you can see, there are holes in both floors. I also don’t see where that Chevy V-8 and transmission are going to fit, but those are just minor details, right? Actually, I’ve seen Spitfires converted to 4×4’s before, but usually they are on Suzuki frames, or at least something smaller than this. All in good fun, right, readers? So would you rather have this than the Camaro?

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  1. Howard A Member

    One bucket of bolts + one bucket of bolts = one big bucket of bolts. Looks like neither vehicle was very good to start with. Yard art, nothing more.

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  2. rogerowen

    Gross!

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  3. mark

    Yuck!

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  4. 64 bonneville

    I had to send this in, since it is Christmas time and every body should have a good laugh,

    mike

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  5. Marshall

    Beautiful , I would snap that thing up in an instant if I lived closer. Planning on doing something similar to my parts car

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  6. Gary

    Wait a minute.

    You said “I’m a little unclear as to whether or not the two are actually attached, as I can’t see anything in this picture holding the two together.”

    Did you miss the bungi cord strap thing just in front of the windshield near the rear of the bonnet?

    Gary

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  7. Mark S

    Role it off a cliff, video its demise post it on You tube

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  8. Aaron

    Theres a pontiac lemans 1970 a gentleman put on a k5 chassie for his grand daughter and i have to say its nice iv seen 70 style 4×4 el caminos veg as hurst and even corvetts

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