We all dream of finding a super rare and valuable car hidden away in a barn. It might be a car that you’ve been dreaming of since you were a kid and you might even still have a poster of it on your wall. But just like when we were teens, finding just about any sports car in a barn brings a smile to our faces. Part of the excitement of a barn find is unraveling the history behind the car. The Triumph Spitfire isn’t a valuable or rare sports car, but it is a fun example of the great British roadsters. For reader Paul B, this 1975 Triumph Spitfire is special because of its history and connection to him and his family.
This Spitfire was purchased by his Father-in-law when new and was driven not only by him, but also by Paul’s wife when she was in high school. The car was parked in 1981 and rested there until just recently, when his Father-in-law finally gave in and let him have it. Paul rented a trailer and made the 270 mile drive to unearth the car. Once he got it home he began the process of bring this British classic back to life. Thankfully these cars are fairly simple and the 1,493 cc straight 4 is easy to work on. Sadly, the 1500 was hampered by emission equipment and only produced about 53 horsepower. Luckily, the Spitfire it is also small and only weights 1,750 lbs.
The car is in good condition, but it should be considering it has only covered 35,000 documented miles. The body has its fair share of dents and dings, but as Paul puts it, “Every little ding on the car has a story behind it from my brother-in-laws.” We are sure seeing this car running again will bring back great memories for all his in-laws. Besides getting it running, he also plans to repaint it Tahiti Blue, which is a bit darker than the original blue. He figures it needs to look good, since his 15 year old daughter will be driving this car when she turns 16. We would like to thank Paul for sharing his find with us and we hope he will keep us updated on his progress. Do you have a barn or garage find with a cool story behind it? We would love to hear about it! Send photos and information about your find to firstname.lastname@example.org