Tri­umph Stag

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - Dale Vin­ten

EN­GINE 2997cc/V8/OHC POWER 145bhp@5500rpm TORQUE 170lb ft@3500rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 118mph 0-60MPH 9.5 sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 18-24mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man­ual + o/d MoT Feb­ru­ary 2019 ODOME­TER 95,217 miles

The 3.0-litre V8 pulls strongly in all gears with am­ple per­for­mance. Keep the revs over 3000rpm and the en­gine re­sponds em­phat­i­cally. It doesn’t over­heat or com­plain in any way and feels very sta­ble at speed. The V8 growl is gor­geous, too. The clutch and gear­box feel fresh and han­dle the power well with no slip­ping or grind­ing gears, and the over­drive works as it should. Push­ing the car into cor­ners is a joy and it holds the road well, feel­ing ex­tremely solid. The steer­ing can feel a lit­tle notchy at times but the car goes di­rectly where you point it.

BODY­WORK CHECK

This Tri­umph has ob­vi­ously been cher­ished and well main­tained. The his­tory file shows only two own­ers from new, and the con­di­tion of the car is tes­ta­ment to that. The paint and body are very well pre­sented, and look­ing un­der­neath re­veals noth­ing but straight lines and fresh stonechip paint. The fac­tory wheels are in lovely orig­i­nal con­di­tion with tyres that show even wear and good tread. Both the hard and soft tops are in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion and the bumpers, over­rid­ers and other trim pieces are spot­less.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

This is in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion. The orig­i­nal seats have worn ex­cep­tion­ally well with only a sin­gle re­pair on the driver’s side to men­tion. The af­ter­mar­ket Moto-Lita steer­ing wheel re­ally com­ple­ments the wooden ve­neer-cov­ered dash and cen­tre con­sole, though the orig­i­nal is also sup­plied. All car­pets are very tidy and and show no sign of wa­ter leaks. The door cards are top notch, and both gear and hand­brake gaiters look fresh. All of the gauges func­tion cor­rectly and pro­vide ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion to the driver. All other switches and electrics, in­clud­ing those for the power win­dows, work per­fectly and the car re­tains its orig­i­nal ra­dio.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The en­gine bay is tidy and cor­ro­sion-free, even in the cor­ners where wa­ter can sit, and the sound-proof­ing on the un­der­side of the bon­net is clean and in­tact. The en­gine is spot­less and free from leaks, hav­ing cov­ered only 1000 miles since a £5k re­build four years ago. An in­spec­tion of the power steer­ing sys­tem and dif­fer­en­tial re­turns the same ver­dict. There are no is­sues upon start­ing the en­gine and that glo­ri­ous V8 sound­track is the only sound em­a­nat­ing from the ex­haust sys­tem. Other re­ceipts show that more than £12k was spent on the car be­tween 2012 and 2016 and that it has cov­ered just 3301 miles in the last 13 years.

THE CCW VIEW

This fan­tas­tic Stag MkII has war­ranted mileage, has had only two own­ers from new and thou­sands of pounds spent on it. It rep­re­sents a fun and us­able clas­sic British open-top tourer and should be a good in­vest­ment.

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