• Short Summary

    A COMPLETELY NEW SMALL SPORTS CAR, CAPABLE OF OVER 90 MILES AN HOUR, IS BEING SHOWN AT THE LONDON MOTOR SHOW.

  • Description

    A COMPLETELY NEW SMALL SPORTS CAR, CAPABLE OF OVER 90 MILES AN HOUR, IS BEING SHOWN AT THE LONDON MOTOR SHOW. IT IS THE "TRIUMPH SPITFIRE 4", WHICH ITS MAKERS HOPE WILL HAVE UNIVERSAL APPEAL. DESIGNED BY THE ITALIAN STYLIST, GIOVANNI MICHELOTTI, THE NEW CAR IS LONG, LOW AND ELEGANT.

    IT IS AN ALL-WELDED UNIT. THE "SPITFIRE 4" WAS PUT THROUGH ITS PACES IN RICHMOND PARK, NEAR LONDON. THE BOOT WILL HOLD 6.7 CUBIC FEET OF LUGGAGE, AN UNUSUALLY LARGE AMOUNT FOR A SPORTS CAR. THIS CAN BE ALMOST DOUBLED BY USING THE 5 CUBIC FEET OF SPACE BEHIND THE SEATS.

    THE TWIN-CARBURETTOR ENGINE, WITH A COMPRESSION RATION OF 9-TO-1, DELIVERS 63 BRAKE HORSE POWER AT 5,750 REVOLUTIONS A MINUTE. PETROL CONSUMPTION IS BETWEEN 30 AND 40 MILES A GALLON. ENGINE CAPACITY IS 1147 CC.

    THE CAR'S HOOD IS SIMPLE AND NEAT. IT PROVIDES A GENEROUS 35 INCHES OF HEADROOM WHEN ERECT, BUT INTERFERES IN NO WAY WITH CARRYING CAPACITY WHEN FOLDED. THE SPITFIRE 4" SCORES A WORLD-WIDE FIRST WITH ITS STEERING. AT 24 FEET, ITS TURNING CIRCLE IS CLAIMED TO BE THE SMALLEST OF ANY FOUR-WHEELED VEHICLE IN THE WORLD. THIS FEATURE GIVES UNRIVALLED PARKING CAPABILITY, TRAFFIC MANOEUVRABILITY AND SKID CORRECTION.

    ALTHOUGH INITIAL DELIVERIES WILL BE MADE TO THE HOME MARKET, EXPORT SHIPMENTS WILL BEGIN TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT "SPITFIRE 4" WILL HAVE A VERY LARGE EXPORT POTENTIAL. PRICE IN BRITAIN GBP729.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACKS9DU79YLGLVN3UWUPZ5Z3XN
    Media URN:
    VLVACKS9DU79YLGLVN3UWUPZ5Z3XN
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/10/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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