Wednesday, January 14, 2015

10k: V6 Powered: 1973 Triumph Stag

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 was noteworthy...but that didn't stop over 25,000 people around the world from buying one between 1970 and 1977.  Today's example has had its Triumph 3.0 liter V8 removed in favor of a 2.8 liter V6 from a German Ford -- find this 1973 Triumph Stag here on craigslist, offered for $9,900 in Pace, FL.  Tip from Randall.

The Stag was not a bad car, it just had a reputation for overheating and falling apart -- things you won't need to deal with on a driving classic because the factory defects have long been fixed.  In this case with a transplant of an entirely different engine...strange...but intriguing. 

Under the hood is a 2.8 liter version of the Cologne V6, which originally appeared in the European Ford Taunus and was shoved into vehicles like the TVR Tasmin, Ford Bronco, Mercury Bobcat, Mustang II and Reliant Scimitar.  This V6 probably puts out something around 150 horsepower, which is about the same as the original V8, but it is mated to a C3 automatic transmission.

The interior on this car looks decently preserved, but the automatic shifter is a big disappointment, especially since it looks like it has 3 pedals.

See another strange engine swapped classic?


  1. The stag is a 4 seater. Love the looks. Love the sound of the V8. The build quality can be remedied as well the issues with the original motor.

    Prices for these have been going up. This might be a reasonable price for one with the transplant.

    Wonder why two different color carpeting? Does it have the hard top? No mention of rust repair. Every one I have seen had at least some rust.

  2. I suppose if I tripped over that 2.8 engine while walking back to a Stag with a freshly blown up engine. ..... and it was free...... and I didn't have to do the work .... and I had nothing else to do with my life ... that would work for me.

  3. Like the BMW Baur, another example of car manufacturer's response to the government threat to outlaw convertibles back in the 60's and 70's. Convertibles were considered 'unsafe in a rollover'.... so what was the response: a built-in roll bar! That is the reason for its unusual design: form follows function. When the threat to outlaw convertibles failed to materialize, auto manufacturers resumed building factory convertibles. There were NO American factory convertibles built after the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado.... until the threat eased around 1983. The BMW Baurs were designed similarly, and for the same reason. More info here:

  4. Maybe 10 years ago, at the General Store in West Danville, VT, I encountered a caravan of about 10 or 20 Stags, visiting from the UK with their British and Australian owners for a USA Tour. I was especially interested because at the time I owned (but was not driving at the time) a TR6. The drivers were happy to chat and had been enjoying a great time over here. I wonder if anyone else has a memory of that tour...


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