The call of the Stag adds to appeal of home with room for classic cars
CLASSIC car enthusiasts have been known to drool at the sight of a Triumph Stag V8. You can almost smell the Brut on the macho 70s motor with the seductive growl.
For those able to act quickly, the chance to own one is being offered by Charles Hill.
He has promised his £10,000 Stag, complete with walnut dash and chrome instruments, to the buyer of his five-bedroom home, as long as they can complete quickly.
“I’m not in any rush to move but I thought the offer might attract attention. It’s a novelty,” says Mr Hill, who runs a classic car hire business from his property.
He and his wife Jannice bought the house in 2004 after spotting its potential. Built in 1927 and extended over the years, it was in need of renovation.
“It was a lifestyle change for us. We extended it further creating an annexe and built the garages for the cars. I’ve always been interested in them and we could see there was a market for hiring them out to fellow enthusiasts.
“We tie in with local B&Bs so people can make a holiday out if it,” he says.
Holmlea has an entrance hall, sitting room, kitchen, dining conservatory, an open plan second kitchen/living room, master bedroom with en suite shower, four further bedrooms, bathroom and utility room.
Set in 1.1 acres, there is a large garden and a timber garage block for five cars.
While the Morgan is the most popular of the hire cars, the fourseater convertible Triumph Stag built in 1973 is a dream to drive in comparison.
It has been restored and any mechanical issues it had when new have been resolved.
“It is an iconic car made by British Leyland. There were a few problems with it at first and it didn’t have the best reputation for reliability but that has been sorted out now.
“Unlike many classic cars, this one drives like a modern one. It is very easy to handle because it has a refined suspension system and the brakes are good,” says Mr Hill.
“When I hire most cars I have to give the drivers an induction first and 1950s brakes can come as a bit of a shock, but this one isn’t like that. It’s also a gorgeous car, a real head turner. The sound of the engine is quite distinctive because of the V8 engine. It’s a deep burbling that people love.”
Although it was designed to appeal to men with moustaches and medallions, it is also popular with women.
“They like the style and comfort, though when it was made it was definitely aimed at men with a family. The four seats made it possible for them to justify buying a sports car.”
Mr and Mrs Hill are selling so they can retire and downsize.
Their business, www. reflectionscarhire.com, is also for sale should a buyer want to take it on. The goodwill and title is £25,000 and with the cars, £70,000.