West Terre Haute, Indiana
1958 Triumph TR3A
1976 Triumph Spitfire
Head to Head
About “Ol' Red”
This is a car that I had a half-interest in all the way back in 8th grade! (The pictures aren't the actual car - They are pics of various cars gleaned from the Internet.) It seems it had belonged to my best friend's father when he was much younger, but the man had lost interest in it and gave it to his son... after it had sat in an unheated garage for well over a decade. (The anti-freeze had congealed in the radiator and throughout the cooling passages of the engine to the consistency of mint-green peanut butter!) My friend wasn't mechanically inclined in the least, so he told me that if we worked on it together and managed to get it running, it was half mine! Over the next couple of months, we made great progress on it, until that fateful night when the garage was struck by lightning. It burned to the ground with the car inside. The main support beam of the garage's roof fell squarely across the car, bending the car's frame to the floor of the garage. The gas tank went up, interior was toast, and the bodywork and wire wheels were warped beyond repair.
In 1998 I moved to Indiana to be with my new hubby. I owed a Suzuki automatic 450, but he did not have a motorcycle. So he shared his dream of owning a little sports car convertible. We sold the motorcycle & found this little pimento Triumph Spitfire 1500 in Michigan with only 35k on it. The lady who sold it had owned it for 20 years and did not drive it much, her name was "Molly" so the car assumes the name.
Since buying our little car, we have joined many caravan type tours and become members in a couple of good car clubs. My husband (Howard Baugues) for the past six years has been editor of "Spitfire & GT6 Magazine" after many years in various offices of NASS car club. I am now the Membership Chairperson for NASS "North American Spitfire Squadron" a great group of owners who share restoration information & often share parts they have laying around.
Specs for “Ol' Red”
1,991 cc inline 4-cylinder engine
4-speed synchromesh transmission w. overdrive
0-60: 12 seconds (Car & Driver road test)
Specs for “Molly”
4 cylinder (inline), 1493cc/89.5ci, compression 9.1:1, rack & pinion steering, 71bhp @ 5500rpm, 0-60 mph 13.2, standing 1/4 mile 19.1sec., top speed 94mph
24 ft. turning radius, smallest turning radius of any production car ever made.
Factory Options for “Ol' Red”
Trunklid-mounted Luggage Rack
Factory Options for “Molly”
4 speed trans with Laycock J overdrive,
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