The Triumph Stag was a classy 2-seat semi-hardtop convertible designed by Giovanni Michelotti (designer of the BMW 2002 among other cars). The T-top b-pillar roll hoop ruined an otherwise stunning design and Triumph’s inability to produce a reliable new vehicle put the final nail in the Stag’s coffin. The issues reported early on are not a problem you have to worry about in a 40 year old classic, as all the initial quality defects have long been ironed out in a car that has survived to today, but it still ruined the Stag’s reputation for years to come. Find this 1972 Triumph Stag for sale in San Rafael, CA for $12,000 via craigslist. Tip from Kaibeezy.
This Stag is thankfully equipped with a removable hardtop that covers some of the strange T-top structure. Power comes from a 3.0 liter Triumph V8 that puts out 145 horsepower and 170 ft-lbs of torque when it isn’t overheating, warping its heads, failing water pumps and seizing main bearings.
The interior of the Stag is classic wood/leather combo that the Brits put in their cars – none of the over-abuse of plastics that assaulted the senses in late 60s American muscle, but this one is equipped with an automatic gearbox. One can’t help but wonder why the Rover 215 V8 wasn’t used in the Stag as it was a considerably more reliable beast.
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