Triumph Stag

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Contents - Chris Hope

ENGINE 2792cc/V6/OHV POWER 160bhp@5700rpm (est) TORQUE 162lb ft@4300rpm (est) MAX­I­MUM SPEED 115mph (est) 0-60MPH 9sec (est) FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 20-24mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man +o/d MoT 12 months ODOMETER 11,892 miles

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

The spec­i­fi­ca­tion de­tails above are cor­rect – this a Stag with a Ford Cologne V6 where the Triumph V8 engine should be. Many own­ers sought greater re­li­a­bil­ity by ditch­ing the V8. In this case, what you have is a car that wuf­fles rather than bur­bles, but it does suit the Stag, feel­ing un­der­stressed yet ca­pa­ble of thrust­ing it­self for­ward when asked. The long gear­stick stirs the orig­i­nal over­drive gear­box pur­posely and al­though the steer­ing feels quite weighty for mi­nor cor­rec­tions, ac­tual turn-in is quick and pre­cise.

BODY­WORK CHECK

The Pi­mento Red paint has seen bet­ter days. There isn’t a panel where it hasn’t gone flat and there are blis­ters around the door han­dles and aerial. How­ever, th­ese can all be saved and there isn’t one area that has truly suc­cumbed to rot. Sills, wings and floor­pans were re­placed nine years ago. Chrome­work is pit­ted in a num­ber of places (front and rear over­rid­ers, for ex­am­ple) but over­all isn’t bad. Ig­nore what are ef­fec­tively cos­metic fail­ings and you’ll find de­cent panel gaps and heavy doors that hang well on their hinges. It’s sound un­der­neath, too. The hood is OK (bar­ring a slightly milky plas­tic screen) and the new 185/70 Gre­max Cap­turar tyres fit­ted a cou­ple of years ago still have plenty of tread.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

It’s no worse in­side than out­side; the vinyl seats are in good over­all con­di­tion, be­ing free from tears and ob­vi­ous signs of wear, and the dash­board is pre­sentable, let down only slightly by odd scuffs. There are a cou­ple of screw holes in the wooden glove­box lid as a re­sult of a mount from some long re­dun­dant de­vice. The af­ter­mar­ket three-spoke steer­ing wheel and CD head unit barely war­rant men­tion in a car with­out its orig­i­nal engine. The mo­tors for both the driver’s and pas­sen­ger’s side elec­tric win­dows are slug­gish. Car­pets are very nice in­deed.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

With its blue rocker cov­ers and dizzy cap it’s not at­tempt­ing to fool any­one – it’s a Cologne V6, and ap­pears to be in rude heath, with­out any leaks and with the cor­rect lev­els. The pre­vi­ous owner has used the car sparingly over the past decade (it’s cov­ered fewer than 6000 miles in that time) and main­tained its ser­vice sched­ule. Bet­ter still both the in­ner wings back up claims of this be­ing a fun­da­men­tally solid car. It’s the sort of car that brings a con­cours judge tout in a cold sweat but, aside from be­ing un­o­rig­i­nal and slightly do­geared, there’s not much wrong with it. It’s a rust-free, sub-£6k Stag with 12 months’ MoT – talk about the car in those terms and it’s surely an in­trigu­ing prospect? Treat it to re­me­dial work as re­quired and run it as an ev­ery­day clas­sic.

EX­TE­RIOR Flat paint, rust-free IN­TE­RIOR Pre­sentable, if not ex­cep­tional ME­CHAN­I­CALS Runs sweetly, brakes a tad spongy

Comfy seats, laid back driv­ing po­si­tion – very cool.

V6 Ford per­for­mance is com­pa­ra­ble to that of the V8.

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