1972 Triumph Stag
(Featured on 5th May 2011)
Registration: KMH 965K
Sellers original description:
Here’s a great example of a Mark 1 Triumph Stag with manual/overdrive gearbox, complete with hard, soft-tops and wind-deflector. It’s had more than £11,000 spent on its upkeep since 2006 and it drives superbly. First registered on 1st April 1972 (and therefore UK Road Tax exempt), it is finished in Tahiti blue complemented by a chestnut-coloured interior and original Stag alloy wheels. It has recently passed an MoT (first time, no re-test) which expires April 2012.
The correct, original, Triumph V8 is still fitted and is in rude health, showing none of the traits that armchair enthusiasts drone on about. Sensibly, a Lumenition electronic ignition system and coil have been installed. A reconditioned gearbox and A-type overdrive were fitted in 2010, complete with new clutch, release fork and bearings, to the tune of £1,300 (excluding labour). These complement the reconditioned differential (with new poly-bushes at the same time) and drive-shafts that were fitted a few years back. A full-length stainless steel exhaust system is also present and sounds wonderful. The brakes work as they should, inspire confidence and pull the Stag up full-square with no fuss or judder, and the handbrake holds well.
This example comes complete with invoices for more than £11,000 lavished on its upkeep, and maintenance since 2006. Supplementing these are numerous invoices for routine services and a Triumph Stag Owner’s Manual.
The interior of a Triumph Stag can only be described as early 1970s feel-good Grand Tourer, and cannot fail to raise a smile. All instrumentation, electrics and lighting work as they should, along with an effective heater. The chestnut-coloured vinyl trim is in lovely order. Rear seatbelts are fitted for children or the adventurous. A wood-rim Mota Lita steering wheel has replaced the somewhat flexible original, and a modern face-off CD/stereo has been installed, complete with electric aerial.
In 2006, this Stag received a full bodywork restoration and re-spray, with supporting photographs and bills to prove. As such the body and paintwork looks great without looking over-restored, set off nicely with the professionally re-chromed chrome-work of commensurate quality to the bodywork.
It comes with the desirable hard-top which is very tidy. The black, mohair, soft-top is in fine fettle and a useful wind deflector comes with the car, making top-down motoring even more civilised. However, the whole raison d’être of a Stag is open-top motoring and, in our opinion, it’s only with the top down does the Stag really come into its own.
In summation this is a lovely example of a Triumph Stag that will bring you many happy years of classic motoring.