Stripe Style #1 (three bars)
The yellow black and silver striping kit on my
1977 Inca Yellow Spitfire was a dealer installed
option made by the 3M Company for British
Leyland and was on the car when I purchased it.
Over the years at various swap meets we have
purchased at least 6 more of these same kits
part # BLM105207. It is pictured in a 1980
Factory Accessory brochure on the back page.
By the way the part number for the red silver
and blue kit is #BLM105206. This one is featured
on the car in the 1977 dealer brochure and a
1978 magazine print ad.
Followup: I have looked through all of
my dealer brochures and have found that they
list the following stripe options for these
1975 - Striping Kit in Black, silver or gold
(stripe style #2)
1976 - Striping Kit in Black or silver
(stripe style #2)
1977 - 1980 Striping kits by 3m Red, Silver
& Blue or Yellow, Black & Silver
I really do not know much about the kits pre
77 other than what I have read in the dealer
brochures, unfortunately they do not picture the
option in those brochures. From what I have been
told by a friend who worked at a BL dealership
in the 70's they would put the stripe kit on as
requested by a customer or the dealer would put
it on a car on the lot that they thought would
look good and make it sell faster.
Factory Accessory brochure
up photos of the word "Spitfire" on fender sent
by Gene Eighmy's white 1979 Spitfire
Height: ~ 1.275", depending
on how I measure it. There is a curvature to
take into account when you scale this up. I
placed some tracing paper over the "S" and
then measuring flat came up with 1.295"
Length: (from lower left corner of
S to Lower right corner of E) ~ 9.625"
The OEM stripes are top to
Yellow - 3/8" wide
Silver - 3/4" wide
Black - 3/8" wide
The spacing is 1/8" between all the stripes (the
space is the car colour)
The area where the lettering is is a total of
1 3/4" width, with 1/8" between top/bottom of
As the original item is no longer available,
I did the following --
Bought two of the front bonnet (hood) transfers
and cut the lettering out discarding the
Bought stripes from local car shop. 3/8" is
unavailable in most colours, so had to settle
for 1/4" for top and bottom stripes in 40'
length (plenty for both sides of car). Centre
stripe was no problem at 3/4", but had to get
160' (anyone need some silver!!)
I understand there were several colour
combos, such as black and red with silver for
My '77 yellow Spitfire (14 year 142K
miles year round daily driver until 1992) had
red, silver, & blue
My 1980 (back in 1981 purchased new) was Sienna
Brown and had three silver stripes.
Stripe Style #2 (two bar with rear "bump")
Initial research: In the book The
Triumph Spitfire, author Michael Cook
mentions twice that "striping kits" were only
available for the US market. The two examples
shown are the 3 stripe option (stripe style #1
above shown on a 1977 Spitfire) and this option.
According to the 1975 sales flier
"striping kits" were available as options in
black, silver or gold. The 76 sales flier lists
black and silver only. Neither flier shows
photos of what the kit looks like. Gold must
have been option again as the red car (below) is
a 78 with gold stripes.
photo was taken at the 1973 International Auto
Show in New York.
there were cars that had the above stripes.
not limited to MkIV's. David Saunders' 76
Spitfire has the stripe and he believes it to be
original since he purchased the car in "original
condition" from its first owner.
Another '76 Spitfire (owned by James Watt, Florida).
1978 Spitfire with original paint and gold
stripe owned by Patsy Mcbride
My Spitfire came with the stripe
decal which was an option for '74 model year.
When I had the car painted in '88, the design
was this... (width in inches) 1/2 silver, 1/8
space (body colour), 1/4 silver, 1/8 body, 1/2
Silver starting from behind the front wheel down
the side and flaring wider behind the door in
front of the rear wheel, then narrowing down to
a wider stripe behind the wheel on rear quarter
and it really set's the car off.
Magenta car pictured is my car, and the reason
that the stripes are subtlely different, is that
they are painted on.
When I purchased the car in 1975, I felt that it
was a little plain, so I tried various tape
stripes. In the end, I used the article on 1973
1500s from Road & Track as a pattern, and
had the dealer (in the UK) paint them on. A
couple of years ago, I bought a set of the
dealer stripes (in black) and plan on using them
for patterns when (if?) I restore the car.
These stripes, as well as the others were NOT
installed at the factory, but rather at either
the dealer or at the Point of Entry.
Hope this helps to clarify these stripes."
Stripe Style #3 (Porsche strip)
Here is another seen at a show recently. I seem to remember seeing such a "strip" in the JC Whitney catalog years ago. Maybe a windshield decal?
Stripe Style #4?
I have seen evidence that there is also a factory/dealer single stripe option (approx. 1/4") running the length of the car. Can anyone confirm this?
Stripe Photos (style #1)
3 Stripes (yellow, silver,
& Sue Barile, 1977 1500
3 Stripes (red, silver, blue) on a
Smith, North Carolina, USA, 1980 1500
3 Stripes (red, silver, blue)
Johnson, Tennessee, USA, 1978 1500
Hertel, Ontario, Canada, 1980 1500
3 Stripes (red, yellow?, blue)
Ecclesstone, Ohio, USA, 1976 1500
3 Stripes (yellow, silver, black)
Hauer, Wisconsin, USA, 1978 1500
3 Stripes (yellow, silver, black)
I stumbled upon this shot of the extremely rare but OEM MkIII optional logo strip. Its a rough pic... but you'll probably not see to many more 'direct' photos of just the logo like this.
Schemes Page for other, non-factory
stripes and paint schemes.
and Badge Placement Page
Downloadable decal files for your Spitfire.
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