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.


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.


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?


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.


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. HoA Howard AMember

    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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  4. 64 bonneville

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


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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?


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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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