Jay Nunn

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Jay Nunn

Triumph Spitfire EV Conversion: The Donor Car


It was always going to be a project, but I didn’t quite realize how much of a project it was going to become. It leaked gas and oil, refused to start often, overheated easily, and rattled uncontrollably over 30 mph, but it was still fun to drive and it would provide me something to wrench on in my spare time.

My dad had Triumphs when he was about my age, and I remember him playing around with his cherry red TR6 in the driveway when I was young. They’ve always had a special place in my heart, so the Spitfire was a natural choice when looking for a a project car/weekend driver.


1974 Triumph Spitfire 1500 with bent chrome bumper, misaligned bonnet, and sagging suspension
The tail of the 1974 Triumph Spitfire 1500, complete with bent chrome bumper and rusted tail pipe.
The iconic wooden dashboard from this 1974 Triumph Spitfire 1500 had seen better days.
The 1974 Triumph Spitfire 1500 cockpit with mismatched, severely rotten seats

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