In late May, 2002, I drove my beloved '67 RHD signal red Spitfire, wryly dubbed "Mrs. Jones" by my good-humored wife, up onto the ramp of the covered transport which carried it off to it's new owner in Pennsylvania. I hope that the car and it's new owner are equally pleased with the decision to sell it in one piece rather than part it out to combine with the 1968 Spitfire Mk3 that I've been working on for the last couple of years.
Closing this chapter on a car I took such great pride in owning was tough, but inevitable. And ultimately, the "right thing to do".
Originally purchased as a totally stripped tub (sans trunk lid and lower front valance) and refurbished rolling chassis by someone in Arizona who got that far and gave up, the original plan was to use the body shell of the 1968 car and all the cosmetics and some of the running gear from Mrs. Jones to create a "new" Mrs. Jones.
After deciding I couldn't bear to part out Mrs. Jones (and the time was at hand), I sold the car complete, on eBay for more than I was hoping for, and have applied the profits from the sale towards purchasing the parts needed to complete the restoration of the 1968 tub, which I have now decided to officially dub "Mrs. Jones". After much thought and deliberation, and after learning that the new owner of the car I sold wasn't planning on using the moniker anyway, I came to the conclusion that "Mrs. Jones" isn't merely a name, it's a state of mind. The car I'm currently restoring is still my wife's rival, in a manner of speaking.
I briefly considered naming the '68 "Mrs. Peel", as an homage to the character in The Avengers, and since that's what this car will be able to do (as in peel out). But I ultimately reasoned that just as Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan are all actors who have portrayed James Bond, so too will the '68 Spitfire assume the part -- or character, if you will -- of the ubiquitous "Mrs. Jones".
Originally Conifer green and badly dented in several areas of the rear valance (among various dings and creases elsewhere), you can follow my restoration efforts by accessing the project log. Though this car was originally supposed to be blended with parts from the original Mrs. Jones (again, the RHD '67 which I subsequently sold), I have already started a long log of repairs and work done on the tub. Everything was taken down to bare metal, all bolts, screws, washers etc., descaled and restored in a vibratory parts tumbler. This is a genuine "nut and bolt" restoration. Click here to return to the project log.