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What is it? 1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500 (5th gen). It’s a British, two seater, RWD roadster powered by a 1.5L I4 through a 4 speed manual with overdrive. It made (maybe) 60 horsepower about 40 years ago, and supposedly had a top speed around 100 MPH if you had a death wish.

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Pros: Italian design; fun at any speed; easy to wrench on; parts are cheap and readily available; makes people happy; nothing beats a convertible

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Cons: hitting bumps at over 55 MPH feels like certain death; rattles; leg and headroom for anyone over 5'10"

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Recommendation: Highly recommended, four out of five stars, if you can find one. Driving a Spit will put a smile on anyone’s face. It is an excellent vehicle to learn how to work on cars because systems are simple and accessible. Plus, it will provide many learning opportunities because, well, it’s British.

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