Save This Stag From The Crusher!

1971 Triumph Stag

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We have heard this line before – the seller threatens that they are going to crush a car if someone doesn’t buy for more than it’s worth. That may not be the case here because they don’t even give a price, but it’s likely. This four-seat Triumph is going to be a big project and it’s missing the engine so I can image that it’s worth much. Still, it might be a good start or even a parts car for the right person. Find it here on craigslist. Thanks goes to Bob R. for the tip!

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  1. Peter B

    Best thing about it is the motor is missing……. Unless it has been correctly maintained, the head studs corrode to the aluminum heads and you cannot get the heads off. Most people convert them to the Rover V8 and that makes a really nice roadster.

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  2. HoA Howard AMember

    Yeah, the Triumph Stag. Seemed to be the answer to the question nobody asked. Wiki claims it was intended to compete with the Mercedes SL. I’m sure it was a nice car, I’m a huge British roadster fan, but it was no SL. I think people loved the TR-6 so much, with it’s (relatively) good mechanics, compared to this, that had problems right from the get go. There’s like 90 TR-6’s on Hemmings, compared to 2 Stags. Part it out, if anybody is even rebuilding one.

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  3. Cameron Bater UK

    Hmm, a decent daily driver can set you back £8k so one in this condition is worth practically nothing, best bet would be to part it as a serious buyer would want a numbers matched car and will be willing to walk away if it’s not.
    If you have the engine then I’d recommend getting it reconditioned.

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  4. Warren

    If you can’t come up with a price on your listing I can’t be bothered to call you.

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  5. DolphinMember

    I’ve never wanted one of these, partly because of the reputation of the engines, so it’s interesting to hear about a Rover V8 transplant. But I would not really want to bother with the expense and effort of that.

    If I lived on Long Island and wanted this car for parts, which is about all I might want it for, I would go there with a few hundred bucks in my pocket and a hauler and offer the seller the money. If he’s really going to send it to the crusher that should do the trick as a better alternative.

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  6. Bobsmyuncle

    I don’t think there is any “threat” real or implied.

    I’ve been in the situation myself. Had a coveted but low value modern car that I needed gone but was hoping it would be saved by an aficionado rather than see it scrapped.

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  7. George

    From the background, it looks like it’s already at a parts/wrecking yard. So they probably thought that it was complete enough to offer rather than just crushed for weight value. The ad does say complete or for parts. You may be able to get it for that price which is probably why they didn’t list any price.

    It could be a good deal. From most of the complaints I’ve heard about them in the past is that although they were well made and comfortable road cars, the engines were the weak link. There are enough wrecked or parted out Range Rovers in the US that could provide a donor V8.

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    • Phil Ethier

      Rover engine not an easy swap. The original OHC engine is nothing like the Rover/Buick/Olds aluminum V8. That said, successful swaps have been done, and the car benefits from the weight reduction.

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  8. George

    Long Island… Check for flood damage!

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