The Triumph Stag Should Have Been A World Beater

1104 WordsJan 19, 20165 Pages
The Triumph Stag should have been a world-beater. After all, with its sharp Michelotti-penned lines, four-seater convertible configuration and V8 power, how could it fail? Here was a car that could transport the whole family – with their luggage – in top-down style. It sounded glorious and there was no shortage of go either, thanks to that torquey 3.0-litre powerplant. But as we all know, the Stag did fail, thanks to an array of build-quality issues and indifferent dealers who couldn’t fix the litany of problems that invariably cropped up when the Stag was still in its warranty period. But things have moved on since then. Most Stags have been restored so they’re screwed together with far more care than they were the first time round.…show more content…
So you have to buy really carefully as many Stags aren’t as good as their owners think. The key is to find a car that’s been properly restored by someone who knows what they’re doing, and it’ll also have had some sympathetic modifications to improve usability and reliability. The sorts of improvements you’re looking for include an engine that’s been rebuilt and fully balanced, an electric fan (to go with an overhauled cooling system) plus electronic ignition. Revalved steering for improved feel, ventilated discs up front and Datsun driveshafts in place of the splined originals are also worth seeking out. What you really don’t want to buy is a Stag with an engine other than the original 3.0-litre V8 – converting from a Triumph straight-six, Ford V6 or Rover V8 will cost plenty and there are lots of Stags with an original powerplant, so there’s no reason for buying anything else. Performance and spec Engine 2997cc, V8 Power 145bhp @ 5500rpm Torque 170lb ft @ 3500rpm Top speed 117mph 0-60mph 10.5sec Consumption 22mpg Gearbox Four-speed manual + overdrive (three-speed auto optional) Common Problems • Expect corrosion in the sills, floorpans, wings and also the seams between the inner and outer wheelarches, unless the car has been restored. The welded-on wings have to be removed to properly repair the sills. Other corrosion hot spots include the bases of the A-posts and B-posts, the door
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