Tri­umph Stag

EN­GINE 2997cc/V8/OHC POWER 145bhp@5500rpm TORQUE 167lb ft@3500rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 117mph 0-60MPH 9.6sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 20-24mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man­ual + o/d MoT May 2018 ODOME­TER 45,813 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

This par­tic­u­lar Stag is a real joy. Tri­umph’s 3.0-litre V8 is creamy smooth and this is one of the best. Al­though not supercar fast, the power is a solid thump of torque that keeps push­ing as you ac­cel­er­ate, feel­ing faster than per­haps it re­ally is. With an easy clutch pedal, the gearchange is a fairly long and sturdy throw to each corner but drops in fine to each one, that long shift re­mind­ing you that this is a cruiser not a sports car. Over­drive on third and fourth makes long jour­neys and high speeds more pleas­ant and eco­nom­i­cal. Like­wise, the ride is soft, though there’s not too much roll, al­low­ing you to press on along B-roads. With power steer­ing the wheel turns eas­ily, though there’s enough feed­back to know what the wheels are do­ing. The brakes are strong and stop the car well.

BODY­WORK CHECK

The Stag was fit­ted with a pair of new wings and painted two years ago. It was a su­perb job, look­ing bet­ter than when it left the fac­tory. There’s not a stone chip to been seen on the per­fect paint and the pin­stripes are fault­less. It also re­ceived new chrome bumpers and a new hood, which folds cor­rectly. The al­loy wheels are in ex­cel­lent shape and have new-look­ing Nankang 185/R14/90 tyres fit­ted. The glass is tinted and looks good, and the lamp lenses have a bright, clear new look to them. Only the fuel cap isn’t per­fect.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The in­te­rior is stun­ning. The seats – be­lieved to be orig­i­nal – look like new and show no signs of wear. The car­pets are spot­less and the wooden dash­board and cen­tre con­sole are per­fect. Elec­tric front win­dows and a pe­riod Pi­o­neer stereo sys­tem are fit­ted, with an FM ra­dio/cas­sette deck in the dash, am­pli­fier un­der the glove box and match­ing speak­ers in the oth­er­wise fault­less door cards. The only fault worth men­tion­ing is a fin­ger­nail mark in the dash­board top near the steer­ing wheel.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The en­gine bay has been main­tained very well, with no signs of dam­age or cor­ro­sion, while the spot­lessly clean V8 idles qui­etly. It has a stain­less steel ex­haust and elec­tric fan in­stalled, and head­light re­lays have been added, as well as a Lu­me­ni­tion elec­tronic ig­ni­tion mod­ule in the bulk­head. The his­tory file con­tains MoTs dat­ing back to 1978 and the orig­i­nal Pass­port to Ser­vice is present, sug­gest­ing that the low mileage is gen­uine.

THE CCW VIEW

In short, this a per­fect driv­ing Stag with a glo­ri­ous V8 and an im­mac­u­late body and in­te­rior. For­get the over­heat­ing woes from the 1970s – a good Stag to­day is a great car and in our opin­ion this is one of the best. Add in that great man­ual gear­box and you’ve got ul­ti­mate B-road en­joy­ment. Matt Richardson

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