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Fun Cars under $12,000: 1979 Triumph Spitfire

Fun Cars under $12,000:  1979 Triumph Spitfire

This week’s pick is a 1979 Triumph Spitfire found on Facebook Marketplace by my scout in Florida, Lee Snyder.  As of this writing, the car is still for sale and the listing can be found HERE.  Asking price is $9,250.

Why This Car?

The Triumph Spitfire is a British front-engined, rear-wheel drive, two-passenger convertible sports car manufactured from 1962 – 1980. It was conceived to compete in the small sports car market against the Austin-Healy Sprite.  

Spitfires are fun, light convertibles that can be tossed around on curvy roads. They encourage spirited driving and a carefree attitude, as any truly fun car should.  Lee probably likes them in his new Florida home where he can enjoy it year-round.  Anywhere else, you will likely only appreciate it on nice spring and summer days.

This one on Marketplace looks to be a solid example.  The owner claims it runs well, which is a good sign for an old British sports car!

Background on this Weekly Series

A lot of attention has been placed on the high prices of new and newer-used cars.  I know there are still some affordable fun cars out there, so each Thursday I am going to share a fun/quirky vehicle found on either Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist within 75 miles of my home in metro Detroit.  All cars will be under $12,000.

More details about this weekly feature can be found in the article Searching for Fun Cars Under $12,000

Buying a Used Car

I covered the basics of how to buy a used car, including things to look out for and how to go about the actual purchase.  

If you decide to go after this car, be sure to read the article Buying a Used Car HERE.

I Need Scouts

It takes some time to scan the vehicle listings in a market, so I would love to get some help!  If you live in any market other than metro Detroit and would like to be my “eyes and ears,” let me know.  It would be fun to see what some of you can find in places like Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and others.

If you want to be a Vehicle Nanny Scout, message me through the Vehicle Nanny Facebook PageVehicle Nanny Instagram or email me at  

Send me a link to a fun car for sale with a reason why you picked that car.  I will then include it in the weekly article published on Thursdays.

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