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Spitfire Mk 3 Options and Changes

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Mk 3

year

changes from previous model

number made

com #

body #

engine #

Jan 67

Engine: 1300 cc engine with 8 port cylinder head, negitive ground, PCV valve, water heated intake, quieter exhaust, cast exhaust manifold, new airbox with air entry slots on top, narrower radiator with fan guard, 4 bladed fan (aluminium early, yellow painted steel later), fusebox now mounted to bulkhead, larger clutch,
Body: front bumpers raised by 9", rear bumpers raised and overriders deleted, rear gas shocks, larger front brakes, larger rear turn signal lenses now plastic, back-up lights now standard, redesigned convertible top frame, BLMC affiliation added to commission plate, exhaust pipe now exits right side of car, thicker/larger brake pads, stiffer front springs
Interior: extra cockpit padding, upgraded carpet, smaller wire spoked steering wheel, wood veneered instrument panel, 120 mph speedometer, positions of ignition switch and light switchs swapped, windscreen fixing plates go from silver to black, indicator stick cowls go from metal to plastic, shift knob now has numbers, breakaway mirror, seatbelt anchors added

65320

 

FD1

422FD

 

FD

68

-

-

approx. FD20000

-

-

69

new wheel covers, new seats with adjustable backs, US cars moved instruments in front of driver

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FD39454- FD51969

20001FG

-

70 (to December)

TRIUMPH letters on bonnet were replaced with Spitfire name plate (US Spits received "RAF" plate, zippered rear window, one Stromberg, side markers, new full-wheel hub caps, black grill, black vinyl dash, key-in-ignition buzzer

-

FD75000-FD99203

-

-

Spitfire Mk 3 changes

after commission #

FD 2789

fitting of "perfect circle" scraper piston rings to reduce oil consumption

FD 7301

running lights under front bumper changed to all-in-one unit from a lamp on a aluminium plinth

FD 11732

optional wire wheels changed "winged" to hexagonal knock offs

FD 13980

hood catch changed to lever arrangement from clamp style catches, hole introduced to the chrome windscreen cap to accept the lever

FD 16351

engine valances became optional again (standard on Mk2's)

FD 16482

handbrake changed from "fly off" to ratchet variety

FD 21967

larger diameter cooling fins added to dynamo

FD 24043

"anti-burst" doorlock made more "anti-burst"

FD 29587

hood's cloth underside and frame now black from the previous beige

FD 30784

Windshield wipers moved farther apart (left side moved outside washer spout)

FD 48653

new radiator and cap running at 13lbs/in2 (up from 7) this change required heavier hoses, waterpump seal, and different temp sending unit

FD 75000

aluminium grill painted black, zip out rear window, wider 13 x 4.5" wheels, windscreen frame painted black, rear treatment simplified with reverse light moved to above license plate, TRIUMPH letters on bonnet were replaced with Spitfire name plate, script Spitfire was replaced with Triumph plate on rear, rocker cover now painted silver from gold, airbox goes from black to silver, US cars received round Spitfire emblem on the bonnet.

FD 80521

aluminium grill replaced with black plastic

FD 81056

redesigned rear tail lens (flat area at bottom taller)

FD 89096

rear brake cyliner diameter reduced from 3/4" to 5/8"

Spitfire Mk 3 changes

after date

Oct 1968

new intake manifold with metal plate that holds carb return carb springs

*Options (dealer)

option

price (1967)

Base price

£582
1968-$1630

Seat belts-three point fixing

?

Seat belts-Kangol automatic

?

Wood-rimmed steering wheel

£7 10s 0d

Boot (luggage) rack-fixed

1968-$38 (chrome)

Boot rack-removeable

?

Continental touring kit

?

Bonnet lock

£1 15s 0d

Wing mirror-thirteen types available

19s 0d

Wing mirror extension for towing

?

Wooden gear lever knob

?

Wheel trim

?

Hub cap medallion

?

Hub cap removal tool

?

Fuel pipe filter

?

Fog lamp-iodine quartz

£13 9s 0d

Spot lamp-iodine quartz

£13 9s 0d

Wire wheels-"winged" up to FD 11732
-hex after FD 11732

£36 17s 6d
1968-$71

Emergency windscreen

?

Spark plug-Champion UN-12Y

?

Steering wheel glove-brown leather

£1 4s 6d

Steering wheel glove-simulated leather

9s 11d

Sun visors- swing type after FD 13981, black only after FD 29587

?

Hard-top kit

?

Tow bar kit

£5 10s 0d

Brake servo-Girling 'Powerstop'

£13 0s 0d

Hard-top to soft-top conversion kit

?

Mud flap kit

£1 7s 6d

Anti-mist panel-hard-top

?

Electric defroster

£1 15s 0d

Cigarette lighter

10s 8d

Exhaust tail pipe finisher

?

Oil cooler kit

?

Instrument mounting panel-single gauge

?

Instrument mounting panel-double gauge

?

Safety warning triangle

£1 17s 6d

'Plugmaster' spark plug spanner

?

'Level Master' wheelbrace

?

Tow rope and luggage rack strap

£1 9s 6d

Door buffer with reflector

?

Headlamp converter mask-for continental driving

?

Rubber floor mat

?

Sill protectors

?

Locking petrol filler cap

£1 11s 9d

Touch-in paints

5s 0d

Competition front springs

?

Competition rear springs

?

*Options (special order)

option

price (1967)

Overdrive

£58 7s 8d
1968-$121

Alternator conversion kit

?

Laminated windscreen

£8 12s 1d

Sun visors

£1 4s 7d

Tonneau cover and fittings-
black or white

£11 4s 4d

Skid plate

?

Front upper ball joint with grease nipple

?

Track rod end with grease nipple

?

Leather seats

?

Heater kit

?

Engine valance kit-from FD 16351 only

?

Driver's door mirror

?

Steering column lock

?

Whitewall tires-5.20X13

£6 2s 11d
1968-$12

Dunlop Gold Seal SP41 145X13 radial tires

£19 16s 8d

FYI: The 100,000th Spitfire produced in Feb 68 (jasmine yellow)