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SPITFIRE MK.I 1962-64
Today most people refer to the earlist Spitfire as the Mk.I model. This technically is wrong, in that when the car was introduced on the Standard Triumph stand at the 1962 Earls Court Motor Show, it was called the Spitfire4. The reason behind this was that the Company thought it essential to remind people that it had a four cylinder engine! The prototype Spitfire known as the "Bomb" was originally designed by Michelotti of Turin based on the Triumph Herald design with certain modifications to the chassis. The car was an instant success and over 45,000 were manufactured from October 1962 to December 1964. The basic price of this car in this period was £530!
The interior was typical "sports car" of the period with rubber floor mats, plain trim panels and relatively simple seat design with a spring base frame assembly. The hood also was simple in that the cover folded behind the rear cockpit panel and the hood sticks were stowed around the petrol tank in the boot and held in place by a leather strap.
In the autumn of 1963 a detachable hardtop was made available as an optional extra. This was then unchanged until the launch of the MK.IV in 1970-71.