Mellow Yellow: ’71 Triumph Stag
We featured a rare Triumph Stag with a manual transmission during the summer and then this nice automatic shows up. Years have gone by without seeing a decent Stag and then we come across two. Giovanni Michelotti took over as Triumph’s chief stylist and he really mixed things up. Most of the work of Michelotti was an immediate success. And then there was the Stag. The Stag was designed years ago by Les Moore. Giovanni revised the idea and the result was undeniably a handsome, a 4-seater with both hard top and soft top. To help stiffen the body, a T-bar stayed in place when the tops were removed. Approximately 25,000 Stag were made and around 7,500 were exported. The Stag is powered by a 2,997-cc, 145-hp V-8 that was based on two SOHC Triumph-built Saab 99 engines back to back, with aluminum cylinder heads. The Stag was available with automatic transmission or four-speed and overdrive. Steering was rack and pinion, there was independent suspension all round, with McPherson strut up front and coil springs in the rear with trailing arms. The Triumph Stag is a great concept with a terrific look, but finding an untouched original example can be a task. That’s why this one, submitted by Mark Starr, is so unusual. It is in the original color of Saffron Yellow with matching hard top. The soft top is black as is the interior. The Stag still has all of its original equipment like AM/FM radio, books, tools, jack, service history and its original window sticker. This one has chrome wire wheels, power windows and a throaty exhaust note making top down motoring loads of fun. The Stag is priced at $17,900. That’s just about where a #2 car should be. If you are looking for a fun car the family can ride in, this one may be it. Call us at (203) 417-6856 to arrange a personal inspection in Connecticut or call Mark direct at (914) 217-4817.