Lot 258 - 1976 Triumph Stag
|Chassis Number||LD 42138|
|Odometer reading||75,409 miles|
|Estimate||£15,000 - £19,000|
Envisioned as a luxury sports car, the Triumph Stag was designed to compete directly with the Mercedes-Benz SL class models. The car started as a styling experiment cut and shaped from a 1963-64 Triumph 2000 pre-production saloon, which had also been styled by Michelotti, and loaned to him by Harry Webster, Director of Engineering at Triumph. Electric windows, power steering and power-assisted brakes were standard. Options included air conditioning, a luggage rack, uprated Koni shock absorbers, floor mats and Lucas Square Eight fog lamps, and a range of aftermarket products, most of which were dealer installed as optional accessories could also be fitted. Rather unusually for a four-seat touring car, the accessory list included a sump protector plate that was never produced. This was probably included as a slightly 'gimmicky' tribute to Triumph's rallying successes. The initial Stag design was based around the saloon's 2.5-litre six cylinder engine, but Harry Webster intended the Stag, large saloons and estate cars to use a new Triumph-designed overhead cam (OHC) 2.5-litre fuel injected V8.
This lovely example was the subject of a part restoration in 2015 when it was re-painted in its current colour of lime green; the interior was re-trimmed in black. These wonderful British sports cars of the 1970s are still a delight to drive with the low rumble of the V8 from the twin exhaust providing plenty of power for swift country driving or longer motorway cruising.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.