Based on a Triumph 2000 Mk.1 saloon, the Stag project started out in 1965 as a show car built by Michelotti of Turin, then Triumph’s regular stylist. Triumph’s Chief Engineer, Harry Webster, saw the car in its half-finished state and, although it was hardly recognisable as a Triumph, he immediately liked the svelte 2+2 convertible. The Triumph management board supported his enthusiasm for the project and developed it complete with a V8 version of Triumph’s new modular OHC engine. It was launched in 1970 and featured as Sean Connery’s car in ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ shortly after. However, Triumph had, in the interim, become part of British Leyland and by the time of the Stag’s launch the company was suffering from over-expansion and management problems. However, this made it a rarer car than originally planned – production ceased in 1977 after 25,877 had been built – and it found its feet as a classic at a very early age. A good Stag feels surprisingly modern to drive and the 3-litre V8 is one of the most pleasant and distinctive sounding engines ever produced.
Bought from the San Marino museum at the beginning of the 1990s, this Triumph Stag comes with its hard top and has been carefully preserved in more recent times for showing at exhibitions. As one of the most attractive Michelotti creations, it’s a highly desirable example for the true Triumph enthusiast.
Vom San Marino Museum Anfang der 90er Jahre gekauft, ist dieser Triumph Stag mit Hartdach sorgfältig bewahrt worden, um sich in letzter Zeit auf Ausstellungen zu zeigen. Als eines der attraktivsten Schaffungen von Michelotti, ist dies ein heiß begehrtes Beispiel für den wahren Triumph-Liebhaber.
|Auction||Techno Classica April 2016|
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