Padua

21st-24th October 2021

Padua

21st-24th October 2021

09 Sep

The Italian style English Spider is back at Padua

in: CARS AND MOTORS TODAY
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The Triumph Spitfire, one of the most popular convertibles of the 60s and 70s, famous for its beautiful design, low maintenance and affordability, is coming back to Auto e Moto d'Epoca. Its history is entwined with the introduction of the first laws on emission controls in the State of California.

Joining us in Padua from 21 to 24 October 2021 is the Italian Chapter of the Triumph Spitfire which documents the evolution of the British roadster that conquered the American and European markets. This model was the brainchild of great designer Giovanni Michelotti and was produced between the early 60s and 80s in the UK. Only 50% of these striking convertibles, however, remained in England. Over 30% were exported to the US and the beaches of California to be precise.

The Spitfire was born with the same engine and chassis of its predecessor, the Herald, but due to forward-thinking environmental laws introduced in California to reduce carbon emissions, the engine size increased progressively from 1100, 1300 and, finally, 1500 cubic centimetres in the most recent models.

The different series became very popular due to their beautiful lines, affordable prices and low maintenance. 

The Spitfires were highly appreciated in Italy too, so much so that, since 1997, the Italian Chapter of Triumph Spitfires has registered 1750 models still in circulation in Italy. The most beautiful ones among these will be showcased in Padua to impress and pique the curiosity of the audience at Auto e Moto d'Epoca.


In particular you will get the chance to admire a 1968 MK3 Spitfire at an advanced stage of complete restoration and a 1972 MKIV Spitfire MKIV. Two anniversaries which will be celebrated in 2022 will also be presented: the 25th anniversary of the founding of RITS and the 60th anniversary of the SPITFIRE (MKI) launched on the market in London in far-off October 1962.