At this price Paul Hardiman felt obliged to scrutinise deeply and to nitpick, but it is a really good, reasonably low-mileage car
Classic & Sportscar Centre has sold this 1976-model MKII Stag before – 3000 miles ago, in 2014. Prior to that it had spent some time in Northern Ireland. Supplied new by Paul Street Garage, London EC2 to National Car Parks in West London it still has its original handbook and Passport to Service booklet with stamped PDI.
About £5000 has been spent since 2014 and in 2005, at 57,759 miles, just over 7000 miles ago, it had a new water pump, rear springs, rear brake cylinders and three differential seals at the cost of £2500. It was rustproofed at the end of 2016.
The body appears rot-free and looks to have been repainted, judging from the overspray on the starter motor. It’s very straight, with good panel gaps and good door fit. There’s no filler in the rear arches and the floorpans are excellent, with just a little surface rust in the seams, as are the chassis rails, with light surface rust under the fronts of the sills. The boot floor and fuel tank are good, with light corrosion starting on the lip of the rear valance. Chrome is all good, though the bumpers have been buffed through to the nickel. The alloys are mostly unscuffed, with just a couple of marks right at the edge of the rims. Stainless trim sill covers and trim strips are all straight, though the windscreen seal is starting to perish. Tyres are 2013-dated Runway Enduros front and 2015-dated Greenways rear, all with plenty of tread. The spare is an older Firestone on a steel wheel with Rostyle trim.
Inside, the vinyl is all excellent, with just a bit of wear to the beading on the driver’s outer bolster. C&SCC says it would re-foam the driver’s seat for the next owner.
The dash and instruments are good, with a couple of small marks in the centre console trim. The soft-top is new. Carpets look so good they must be new too, or at least newer than the rest of the car. The hardtop is good and only the interior trims to the C-pillars coming adrift lets it down – easy enough to put right. The external Mazak corner pieces are starting to corrode, which is common.
The motor is tidy with no leaks; the inner wings excellent. The engine fan remains, though there’s an electric one in front of the radiator too. Oil is darkish and full, and the coolant blue/green.
It starts easily and drives well with smooth gearchanges, though when manoeuvering, drive takes up with a bit of a clunk as you shuffle between D and reverse. The steering column is loose but would take seconds to tighten up. Brakes pull up straight and smooth. Temperature stays a third of the way up the gauge, and the voltmeter is steady on 13. There’s no oil pressure gauge.
The MOT runs until December 15, and it’s supplied with two sets of keys, original handbook, sales brochure, British Leyland warranty card and original stereo manual and wiring diagram. I’ve listed lots of little cosmetic glitches, as for £20k you feel entitled to nitpick, but overall this is a good example with relatively low mileage.