Spitfire Build Specifications


by Iain Woolley

Spitfire 4

Built
October 1962 to December 1964

Chassis Numbers
FC1 to FC44656

Engine
1147cc, 4 stroke, 4 cylinder, in line, front mounted
Twin 1.5 in. SU HS2 carburetors
Max power: 63 bhp @ 5750 rpm Max torque: 67 lb ft (91Nm) @ 3500 rpm

Transmission
Rear wheel drive, 4 speed gearbox, direct gear change, synchromesh 2nd, 3rd and 4th gear, D type overdrive option (from September 1963)

Chassis
Wheelbase 83 in (2.11m)
Track Front: 49 in (1.25m)
Rear: 48 in (1.22m)

Suspension
Front: independant double wishbone type, coil springs, telescopic dampers, and anti-roll bar
Rear: independent swing axle, transverse leaf spring, telescopic dampers, and trailing radius arms

Steering
Rack and pinion with impact absorbing steering column. 3.75 turns lock to lock
Turning radius: 24 ft (7.32m)

Brakes
Front: hydraulic 9 in (23cm) diameter discs
Rear: hydraulic 7 x 1.25 in (18 x 3.2cm) drums.

Wheels: 13 x 3.5 in pressed steel, 13 x 4.5 in centre lock wire option.

Bodywork
2 seater sports convertible on seperate backbone chassis.

Dimensions
Length: 12 ft 1 in (3.68m) Width: 57 in (1.45m) Height: 37.5 in (0.95m) Unladen weight: 1568 lb (712kg)

Electrics 12V positive earth. 43A/hr battery and dynamo charging system.

Performance 0-30 mph (0-50 kmh) : 5 sec. 0-60 mph (0-95 kmh) : 17.3 sec. Top speed: 92 mph (148 kmh) Fuel consumption: 38 mpg (16 km/l)

Spitfire 4 Mk.2

Built
December 1964 to January 1967

Chassis Numbers
FC50001 to FC88904

Engine 1147cc, 4 stroke, 4 cylinder, in line, front mounted
Twin 1.5 in. SU HS2 carburetors
Max power: 67 bhp @ 6000 rpm Max torque: 67 lb ft (91Nm) @ 3750 rpm

Transmission
Rear wheel drive 4 speed gearbox, direct gear change, synchromesh on 2nd,3rd,4th gear, D type overdrive optional

Chassis
Wheelbase 83 in (2.11m)
Track Front: 49 in (1.25m) Rear: 48 in (1.22m)

Suspension
Front: independant double wishbone type, coil springs, telescopic dampers, and anti-roll bar
Rear: independant swing axle, transverse leaf spring, telescopic dampers, and trailing radius arms

Steering
Rack and pinion with impact absorbing steering column. 3.75 turns lock to lock
Turning radius: 24 ft (7.32m)

Brakes
Front: hydraulic 9 in (23cm) diameter discs
Rear: hydraulic 7 x 1.25 in (18 x 3.2cm) drums.

Wheels
Rims: 13 x 3.5 in pressed steel
13 x 4.5 in centre lock wire option.

Bodywork
2 seater sports convertible on seperate backbone chassis
Dimensions Length: 145 in (3.68m) Width: 57 in (1.45m) Height: 37.5 in (0.95m) Unladen weight: 1568 lb (712kg)

Electrics
12V positive earth
43A/hr battery and dynamo charging system

Performance
0-30 mph (0-50 kmh) : 4.7 sec
0-60 mph (0-95 kmh) : 15.5 sec
Top speed: 92 mph (148 kmh)
Fuel consumption: 38 mpg (16 km/l)

Spitfire Mk.3

Built
January 1967 to December 1970

Chassis Numbers:
FD1 to FD15306, FD20000 to FD51967, FD75000 to FD92803

Engine
1296cc, 4 stroke, 4 cylinder, in line, front mounted
Twin 1.25 in. SU HS2 carburetors
Max power: 75 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Max torque: 76 lb ft (103Nm) @ 4000 rpm

Transmission
Rear wheel drive, 4 speed gearbox, direct gear change, synchromesh on 2nd,3rd,4th gear, D type overdrive optional.

Chassis
Wheelbase 83 in (2.11m)
Track Front: 49 in (1.25m) Rear: 48 in (1.22m)

Suspension
Front: independant double wishbone type, coil springs, telescopic dampers, and anti-roll bar
Rear: independant swing axle, transverse leaf spring, telescopic dampers, and trailing radius arms

Steering
Rack and pinion with impact absorbing steering column, 3.75 turns lock to lock, turning radius: 24 ft (7.32m)

Brakes
Front: hydraulic 9 in (23cm) diameter discs
Rear: hydraulic 7 x 1.25 in (18 x 3.2cm) drums

Wheels
13 x 4.5 in pressed steel (from October 1969), 13 x 4.5 in centre lock wire option Bodywork
2 seater sports convertible on seperate backbone chassis

Dimensions
Length: 147 in (3.73m)
Width: 24 in (1.45m)
Height: 37.5 in (0.95m)
Unladen weight: 1568 lb (712kg)

Electrics
12V negative earth, 43A/hr battery and dynamo charging system

Performance
0-30 mph (0-50 kmh) : 4.3 sec
0-60 mph (0-95 kmh) : 14.5 sec
Top speed: 95 mph (153 kmh)
Fuel consumption: 38 mpg (16 km/l)

Spitfire Mk.4

Built
November 1970 to December 1974

Chassis numbers: FH3 to FH64995

Engine
1296cc, 4 stroke, 4 cylinder, in line, front mounted. Twin 1.5 in. SU HS2 carburettors
Max power: 63 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Max torque: 69 lb ft (93Nm) @ 3500 rpm

Transmission
Rear wheel drive, 4 speed gearbox, direct gear change, synchromesh on all gears, D type overdrive optional

Chassis
Wheelbase 83 in (2.11m)
Track Front: 49 in (1.25m), Rear: 49 in (1.25m) (increased to 50 in (1.28m) from chassis number FH50001)

Suspension
Front: independant double wishbone type, coil springs, telescopic dampers, and anti-roll bar
Rear: independant swing axle, transverse leaf spring with pivoting, telescopic dampers, and trailing radius arms

Steering
Rack and pinion with impact absorbing steering column, 3.75 turns lock to lock
Turning radius: 24 ft (7.32m)

Brakes
Front: hydraulic 9 in (23cm) diameter discs
Rear: hydraulic 7 x 1.25 in (18 x 3.2cm) drums

Wheels
13 x 4.5 in pressed steel, 13 x 4.5 in centre lock wire option

Bodywork
2 seater sports convertible on seperate backbone chassis

Dimensions
Length: 149 in (3.78m)
Width: 58.5 in (1.50m)
Height: 37.5 in (0.95m)
Unladen weight: 1717 lb (780kg)

Electrics
12V negative earth, 43A/hr battery and alternator charging system

Performance
0-30 mph (0-50 kmh) : 4.8 sec
0-60 mph (0-95 kmh) : 16.2 sec
Top speed: 90 mph (145 kmh)
Fuel consumption: 38 mpg (16 km/l)

Spitfire 1500

Built
December 1974 to August 1980

Chassis Numbers
FH750001 to FH130001, then to TFADW5AT009898

Engine
1493cc, 4 stroke, 4 cylinder, in line, front mounted
Twin 1.5 in. SU HS4 carburetors
Max power: 71 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Max torque: 82 lb ft (111Nm) @ 3000 rpm

Transmission
Rear wheel drive
4 speed gearbox, direct gear change, synchromesh on all gears, J type overdrive option

Wheelbase 83 in (2.11m)
Track Front: 49 in (1.25m)
Rear: 50 in (1.28m)

Suspension
Front: independent double wishbone type, coil springs, telescopic dampers, and anti-roll bar
Rear: independent swing axle, transverse leaf spring with pivoting, telescopic dampers, and trailing radius arms

Steering
Rack and pinion with impact absorbing steering column, 3.75 turns lock to lock
Turning radius: 24 ft (7.32m)

Brakes
Front: hydraulic 9 in (23cm) diameter discs
Rear: hydraulic 7 x 1.25 in (18 x 3.2cm) drums

Wheels
13 x 4.5 in pressed steel

Bodywork
2 seater sports convertible on seperate backbone chassis Dimensions
Length: 12 ft 5 in (3.78m)
Width: 4 ft 10.5 in (1.50m)
Height: 3 ft 1.5 in (0.95m)
Unladen weight: 1750 lb (794kg)

Electrics
12V negative earth, 43A/hr battery and alternator charging system

Performance
0-30 mph (0-50 kmh) : 3.8 sec
0-60 mph (0-95 kmh) : 13.2 sec
Top speed: 100 mph (160 kmh)
Fuel consumption: 38 mpg (16 km/l)

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