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1972 Triumph Stag

Longtime California Ownership. Running and Driving. Affordable Classic

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Exterior Color Dark Blue
Interior Color Brown
Mileage 138 Miles
Engine 3.0 Liter V8
Transmission Warner 3-Speed Automatic Transmission
Status Sold
Stock FJ1308


1972 Triumph Stag
s/n LE7752LBW
Dark Blue with Brown Interior

Envisioned as a luxury sports car, the Triumph Stag was designed to compete directly with the Mercedes-Benz SL class models. All Stags were four-seater convertible coupés, but for structural rigidity – and to meet new American rollover standards at the time – the Stag required a B-pillar "roll bar" hoop connected to the windscreen frame by a T-bar. A removable hardtop was a popular factory option for the early Stags, and was later supplied as a standard fitment.

The car started as a styling experiment cut and shaped from a 1963–4 Triumph 2000 pre-production saloon, which had also been styled by Michelotti, and loaned to him by Harry Webster, Director of Engineering at Triumph from the early to late 1960s. Their agreement was that if Webster liked the design, Triumph could use the prototype as the basis of a new Triumph model. Harry Webster, who was a long time friend of Giovanni Michelotti, whom he called "Micho", absolutely loved the design and spirited the prototype back to England. The end result, a two-door drop head (convertible), had little in common with the styling of its progenitor 2000, but retained the suspension and drive line. Triumph liked the Michelotti design so much that they propagated the styling lines of the Stag into the new T2000/T2500 saloon and estate model lines of the 1970s.

It has been alleged that internal politics meant that Triumph intended, but were unable, to use the proven all-aluminum Rover V8, originally designed by Buick. The no-fit story is probably a myth as Rover, also owned by British Leyland, simply could not supply the numbers of V8 engines to match the anticipated production of the Stag.[3] "Brand loyalty" between Triumph and Rover was high as they were former rivals. Triumph engineers preferred their new design, despite being heavier than the Rover V8, because of its superior overhead cam design.

Harry Webster had also already started development and testing of a new unique, all Triumph designed overhead cam (OHC) 2.5 litre fuel injected (PI) V8 to be used in the Stag, large saloons and estate cars. The vision was to allow Triumph to compete in the V8 marketplace. Under the direction of Harry Webster's replacement, Spen King in 1968, the new Triumph OHC 2.5 PI V8 was enlarged to 2997 cc (3.0 litre) to increase torque and the troublesome fuel injection dropped in favor of dual Zenith-Stromberg 175 CDSE carburetors to meet emission standards in one of the target markets the USA.

The car was launched one year late in 1970, to a warm welcome at the various international auto shows. Only 25,877 cars were produced between 1970 and 1977. Of this number, 6,780 were export models, of which only 2,871 went to the United States.

The majority of cars were fitted with a Borg-Warner 3-speed automatic transmission. 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.

This particular example was purchased from a long time Northern California, multiple Stag owning family who had proudly retained the car approximately twenty years. The car has just been revived from eight years of dry, inside storage, and is currently up and running. This very nice Stag is offered with both hard and soft tops, and is equipped with the automatic transmission, power steering, wires wheels, and AMFM radio options. It has a very sound and straight body, reasonable original interior, attractive color combination, and is accompanied by the tools and shop manual.

The Triumph Stag has sizeable club and owner support and a number of specialist suppliers. According to the main enthusiast club in the UK, approximately 9,000 Stags are believed to survive in the United Kingdom. The car's popularity is due to its performance, comparative rarity and its Michelotti styling. The problems associated with the car over the years have been solved by those enthusiast clubs supporting the Stag, elevating this classic to its intended place in popularity envisioned by its designers.




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