60s Racing - Ashley Spitfire

Triumph Spitfire Ashley 'GT6 Bonnet' and Fastback Hardtop racing in the 60s
Triumph Spitfire Ashley 'GT6 Bonnet' and Fastback Hardtop racing in the 60s (by clicking on the photo, it will be shown enlarged)
Advertisement for the Ashley fiberglass Bonnet for the Spitfire 4
Advertisement for the Ashley fiberglass Bonnet for the Spitfire 4 - later (as seen on the car above) they produced bonnets that would fit the 6 cylinder eninge as well and were usable for a GT6 bonnet conversion as well.

Another example of a Triumph Spitfire with a racing pedigree using fiberglass parts. This particular one a Ashley Hardtop (as the fuel filler cap can be seen on the left hand side of the fastback style hardtop) and a Ashley bonnet. Note that the clearance of the bonnet allows the use at a GT6 as well. There it is a later bonnet, after the introduction of the GT6, earlier examples were produced for the 4 cylinder (see advertisment)

 

In addition the bonnet hinges appear to have been taped, the rear axle shows a good camber, especially important due to the spitfire’s transverse spring layout. The height appears to be lowered as well, probably by raising the spring higher relatively to the differation by using a distance block. On the other hand, the front axles looks high, with a lot of space between the tyre and the bonnet.

 

 

 

Overall a lovely example of a racing spitfire from the mid to late 60s.