Lot 351: Triumph Stag MK II
The birth of the Triumph Stag came almost by chance after stylist Giovanni Michelotti, already responsible for the Triumph Herald, 2000 saloon and TR4 models, borrowed a tired 2000 for the basis of a new show car in 1965; the only proviso was that Triumph would have the first option on the design if it approved. When the company saw the result, a striking two door, four seat convertible, it snapped it up before it went public. The previous year Triumph had evolved a new engine range comprising two related units: a slant four cylinder in capacities from 1.5 to 2.0 litres and a 2.5 litre V8, the former subsequently used in the Dolomite, TR7 and Saab 99. The V8, however, then in fuel injected form, could not be fully developed in time for the Stag's proposed 1968 launch while new US emission regulations and tooling problems caused further delays.
By the time the Stag was launched in June 1970 the wheelbase had been shortened for a more sporting flavour and a windscreen-braced roll-bar installed, while the V8's capacity had increased to 2,997cc with twin Stromberg carburettors replacing the fuel injection. Producing 145bhp at 5,500rpm and 1701b.ft at 3,500rpm, the Stag was capable of 116mph and 0-60mph in 9.7 seconds. The Stag's image was that of a gentleman's grand tourer; indeed, Triumph itself saw the Stag as a British rival to Mercedes-Benz's 250/280SLs. The Mk II version appeared in February 1973, distinguished by black painted sills and tail panel, twin coachlines and the deletion of the soft top's rear quarter windows. Improvements included a now standard fitment hardtop, a sealed cooling system and higher compression ratio; outputs remained similar at 146bhp at 5,700rpm and 1671b.ft at 3,500rpm.
Owned for seven years by the current owner and carefully looked after during that time, this extremely high quality example of a late dated Mk. II has covered just 5,000 miles in the last seven years. Prior to the vendor's ownership, it had been comprehensively restored with the patina just reaching the right point now. The cylinder heads have recently been re-skimmed with bills of other standard maintenance costs enclosed within the file. Complete with a current MoT test certificate and V5C, this affordable sporting classic is good throughout and ready to go.
Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars|
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£5293|
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|Number of doors||2|