SCCA Champion! 1973 Triumph Spitfire

It’s not very often that you get a chance to purchase some genuine racing history! This famous Group 44 1973 Triumph Spitfire won the 1973 SCCA Championship (as well as many other races, including 8 national races that year) and has recently spent time on exhibit at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Daytona, Florida. It’s listed for sale here on eBay with a starting bid of $40,000 and no reserve. The Spitfire is currently located in Largo, Florida.

If you aren’t familiar with Group 44’s history, they were the East Coast factory team for Triumph and later British Leyland in the 60s, 70s and most of the 1980s. The cars were always immaculate and the crew and drivers wore white coveralls to heighten the appearance. The team won nine other SCCA national championships in various cars in addition to the 1973 F-Production title this car won. Apparently, this is the view most other racers had of the Spitfire and John Kelly that year. I have read that the “44” was reversed on Group 44 cars for luck after one time that it was done accidentally and the car won the race.

The front spoiler is removable, presumably to facilitate trailer loading.

I’m guessing at least the internals of this fuel cell have been updated since I understand the car was vintage raced less than two years ago.

That’s the removable front spoiler in the cockpit. I’m sure the belts have been updated, but you’ll want to check the SFI dates on that harness anyway. We’re told that the car is in “as raced” condition, so presumably, it doesn’t need much to be vintage race-worthy.

I was genuinely surprised to see the single Stromberg carburetor in place rather than twin SUs, but the factory starting fitting the single in 1969, so I’m sure there was some regulatory reason for it. I’m sure neither the engine nor the carburetor is as stock as they appear! If I had the money for this one I’d actually pay the asking price, but since I don’t, perhaps one of you will? Have any of you competed in a Spitfire?

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Comments

  1. Tomc

    Taking this car out for a spin down the coast would be the epitome of a good time , time well spent .

  2. Little_Cars Little_Cars Member

    Jamie, no link to the eBay listing?

    Starting at $40k with a limited audience I would presume, even with its racing provenance.

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    • jamie Jamie Palmer Staff

      Sorry, fixed :-)

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  3. Natec

    LS swap!!! 😜 Just kidding……I’m sure it would be fun to drive as is. Nice car and would love to have it but too rich for my blood.

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  4. Little_Cars Little_Cars Member

    If you are calling the race seated perpendicular to the racetrack, the “44” on the boot lid actually reads correctly and not backwards at least half the time the car travels past (on an oval track). LOL

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  5. CJinSD

    I’d freshen the paint on the Kammback panel just because Bob Tulius’ cars were always so beautifully presented. The single Stromberg may have been required by the rules, or it may have been used because Group 44 found ways to make British cars perform with the often questionable equipment they were delivered with. When everyone else was racing solid axle TR4s, Group 44 was winning with Triumph’s flaky new IRS, for example.

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  6. 86_Vette_Convertible

    I once had a Spitfire, a sad car when I found it. Spent a lot of time and money getting it running. It actually was a fun car when it was running but there was quite a bit of the time when it didn’t. I expect this one is in much better condition than mine was even when I had it running.
    I wouldn’t mind taking it our on a track day, but that’s just me.

  7. Bryan Cohn

    Rules required use of the Stromberg on the 1500 cc engine. Twin SU’s came on the 1197 and 1300 Spitfire’s that raced mostly in GP. I think the 1300 could run FP as well at a very light weight but the 1500 had power and torque on it.

    Horrible ad, for a premium price you gotta put some effort into the sales ad.

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