Triumph Stag Quick Guide

TRIUMPH STAG QUICK GUIDE

Triumph Stag by Michelotti

The Triumph Stag has the looks, and the noise!

It could have been brilliant, but this V8 Grand Tourer was let down by a hurried engine development, which destroyed reliability. Now these issues have been tempered, the Stag makes a superb classic choice. Production ran from 1970-1977 and 25,877 were produced, all with Triumph’s own overhead-cam V8. That 3-litre V8 puts out 145bhp and has a simply delicious sound. The automatic suits the car well, but so does the manual, especially when equipped with overdrive. Power steering takes the strain out of driving and is far more direct than a Mercedes-Benz SL. Unlike many convertible sports cars, the Stag boasts rear seats, albeit not entirely adult sized. The option of a removable hard top boosts practicality while the chunky rollbar adds safety.

WHY YOU WANT ONE:

  • Thundering V8 engine
  • Stylish Italian looks
  • Plenty of specialist and club support
  • A great Grand Tourer – comfortable and quick
  • Good survival rate

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

  • Corrosion; sills, floors and hood stowage area
  • Overheating or rattly engines
  • Bodged restoration work
  • Rover V8 installs. The market prefers originality
  • Damaged/torn hoods

RIVALS FOR YOUR AFFECTION

  • Mercedes-Benz SL
  • MGB GT V8
  • AC Cobra replica
  • Jaguar XJ-S

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