Lot 262 - 1975 Triumph Stag
|Odometer reading||25,568 miles|
|Estimate||£17,000 - £22,000|
|Result||Sold - £27,168|
- Rare ‘Topaz’ colour
- Factory hardtop included
- High quality restoration just completed
The ‘Stag’ name was a development codename allocated when the design project was initiated by Giovanni Michelotti in 1965. None of the subsequent names suggested through the process were ever deemed more compelling, 55 years later, the Triumph Stag still occupies one of the cornerstones of the collector’s car market. The svelte Michelotti styling married to decadent V8 power makes this model both beautiful to look at and enormous fun to drive. Add to that a thriving club network, these cars make for hugely desirable ownership.
Fresh from an eight year passion project restoration carried out by a retired automotive painter, this Stag has been finished to a very high standard with no stone left unturned. The history file shows over £6,000 spent in parts and panels alone, along with a further £4,000 spent on an engine rebuild by renowned Stag specialist N&P Motors. This, of course, doesn’t include the many hours labour the vendor worked on the car himself, which would have run into thousands of pounds if carried out by a restoration business. The engine has covered barely 500 miles since its total rebuild, also benefitting from many of its ancillary components being rebuilt or replaced at the same time, such as the addition of a new updated Mk. II radiator.
Whilst the car had already been restored in the early 90’s, by the time the vendor acquired the car in 2011 it required attention to the bodywork and so a total restoration began. With the help of the well respected motorcycle and classic car restorer Glen Moody, every panel showing any sign of rust was repaired or replaced before being given a bare metal respray in its original and desirable colour of Topaz Orange. Taking three months to complete the welding alone, the car benefitted from new door skins, outer sills and membrane, all four outriggers, two floor panels, the boot floor, the front and back valances, the valance lip, the two rear wings and their inner wheel arches. Equal attention was paid to the interior, with the dash being re-veneered at a reported cost of £500. The seats and headrests also received sympathetic attention and the hood was replaced at the same time. New chrome bumpers along with freshly refurbished wheels and many other details all help this car stand out from the crowd. Reported to run and drive without fault, it starts and sounds beautiful with that newly rebuilt V8 rumbling away.
Supplied with its UK V5C registration document, previous MoT test certificates, many receipts from both its most recent restoration and its previous one, as well as its factory hardtop which boasts a heated screen. A rare opportunity to acquire a freshly restored, solid, late model Stag in the most desirable colour. Surely one of the best.
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