Triumph Spitfire Mk 3 Official Owner's Handbook


Triumph Spitfire Mk 3 Official Owner's Handbook

This is original literature imported directly from England. Some copies show minor wear, as any 30+ year old book would, but overall, they are in excellent condition. This book covers all of the controls, instruments, running instructions, care and servicing of the car. 80 pages with photos, charts and illustrations. For 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971 Triumph Spitfire mark 3 owners

The Mk 3, introduced in March 1967, was the first major facelift to the Spitfire. The front bumper was raised in response to new crash regulations, and although much of the bonnet pressing was carried over, the front end looked quite different. The rear lost the overriders from the bumper but gained reversing lights as standard (initially as two separate lights on either side of the number plate, latterly as a single light in a new unit above the number plate); the interior was improved again with a wood-veneer instrument surround. A folding hood replaced the earlier build it yourself arrangement. For most of the Mk 3 range, the instrument cluster was still center mounted (as in the Mk 1 and Mk 2) so as to reduce parts bin counts (and thereby production costs) for RH and LH drive versions. Starting in 1969, however, US-bound models were produced with a federal dashboard design which moved the gauges in front of the driver, a layout that would be adopted for all markets with the Mk IV. The 1147 cc engine was replaced with a bored-out 1296 cc unit, as fitted on the new Triumph Herald 13/60 and Triumph 1300 saloons. In twin-carburettor form, the engine put out a claimed 75 hp and made the MK 3 a comparatively quick car by the standards of the day. Popular options continued to include wire wheels, a hard top and a Laycock de Normanville overdrive, and far more relaxed and economical cruising at high speeds. The Mk 3 was the fastest Spitfire yet, achieving 60 mph in 12.5 seconds. The Mk 3 actually continued production into 1971, well after the Mk IV was introduced.

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