Joe and list
Don't know about US versions , but Mk 1 and 2 Spits had only one
rectangular Lucas reversing light offered as an accessory . ( Picture 1.84
on page 23 in John Thomason's guide to originality . )
Mk 3 Spitfires ( from commission number FD 1 ) had a pair of round glass
lensed reversing lights fitted as standard ( picture 3.18 on page 43 ).
These can easily be fitted to earlier models .
>From commission number FD 75000 ( introduced in 1970 ) the reversing and
number plate lights were combined into one unit ( picture 3.24 on page 44 )
Rear badging also changed along these lines .
Chris de Wet
One '56 TR3 with o/d ,two Heralds and four early "FC" Spitfires without o/d
From: Joe Curry [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 04, 2000 6:21 AM
To: Spitfire Internet Mail List
Subject: Re: Confusion
The body number says it all. THe FC at the end indicates that it is a Mk2
body tub that someone has installed, probably after an
accident or to solve a bad rust problem. The Mk2 tub had the rear light
setup like the early Mk3's had. Only it did not have reverse
lights. Those can be easily added, however.
Sounds like the case is solved!
Stephen Hall wrote:
> Yes, there is the single rectangular badge saying TRIUMPH on the right
> side of the boot. I don't know how accurate these things are, however,
> as the previous owner did do some restoration and some bodywork. He
> may not have paid strict attention to matching detail for the year. By
> the way: I did find a body number- 83397FC. Does that jive with the
> Comission number I have?
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Joe Curry" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: "Stephen Hall" <email@example.com>
> Cc: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2000 9:54 PM
> Subject: Re: Confusion
> > Stephen,
> > You have the "Federal" dash which was common to Late US Mk3's. The
> Thomasson book while good as far as it goes, does not cover the
> > Unique differences for the US spec Spitfires.
> > That said, the rear lights should in fact be the later type with the
> center plinth that contains the single reverse lamp. Is there a
> > single rectangular logo that says THRIUMPH on the right side of the
> boot lid? Earlier Mk3's has the separate TRIUMPH letters across
> > the width of the lid and the Script Spitfire Mk3 on the right side.
> > Look at the windshield frame and see if there is a plate riveted
> there and see what number is on that plate.
> > Regards,
> > Joe Curry
> > Stephen Hall wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi all-
> > > Quick question for ya.. I was reading my new book, Spitfire and
> > > A Guide To Orginality today. They made a point to note that the
> > > model Mk3 combined the reverse light and license plate lamp into
> > > unit, thus eliminating one of the two lamps to the left and right
> > > the license plate. My car was made in June 1970 (suposedly), comm
> > > FDU90177L, but has the two lamps to the left and right of the lic.
> > > plate. Hmmmm...
> > >
> > > Another one: my dashboard seems to be totally different from the
> > > listed in the above-mentioned book as well. I have the speedo/tac
> > > gauges directly above the steering wheel and the temp/gas gauges
> > > the right on a separate panel. Is this the correct dashboard?? The
> > > switches appear different from the pictures in the book as well..
> > >
> > > Confusedly yours,
> > >
> > > Steve Hall
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