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The SPITFIRE , unassuming as
it may seem, is a car steeped in history. It was successful in racing ( Le Mans ) and in
rallying, and it had a production span of 18 years, in which many model changes took
About the name '
Of course, the
name 'Spitfire' was first used by Supermarine for the famous WW2 fighter aircraft,
designed in the 1930's. ...
It is not known if Standard-Triumph
obtained prior permission to use the name. According to Triumph historian Graham Robson
"The 'Spitfire' name came along while prototypes were in development, but there does
not seem to have been *any* connection with the famous fighter aircraft, though publicity
shots were eventually taken with car posed in front of 'plane. It is not recorded if the
makers of the 'plane ever objected to its name being 'stolen' for use on a car."
Some are saying that Standard-Triumph
was allowed to use the name after producing Spitfire aircraft parts in WW2. Others are
saying the name was used after Vickers (owner of Supermarine, the original makers of the
Spitfire aircraft ) produced the Vickers Vanguard. Standard-Triumph produced a car called