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1976 Triumph Stag

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  • Mileage~48,205
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine3.0L
  • LocationBanbury


1976 Triumph Stag

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Darren Rungasamy
Automotive Editor, Photographer and Consigner

The Stag is a superb touring car offering comfort, sophistication and practicality with a delightful soundtrack.

The Triumph Stag took British sports grand tourers to a new level at launch in 1970. It had it all and offered open top motoring to a new, more sophisticated buyer. All Stags were four seater convertibles with a sturdy "T-bar" roll-over hoop providing both body rigidity and safety. The Stag offered a luxurious cabin for four, spacious boot and winning combination of fully lined hard top with canvas hood that stowed completely once down. Definitely a car to cut a dash in and the muscular 3-litre Triumph V8 took care of the "dash" in effortless and refined style.

With just 48,205 recorded miles on the clock, this very original and solid 1976 example has seen just three owners over its lifetime, with it spending the last 4 decades in the same family. Having originally been bought off a neighbour, and with plenty of clues to its cherished ownership profiles, the car is a rare opportunity to obtain an example that has spent all of its life in the locality of Banbury.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Darren after meeting Tony the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

An ideal car for creating an impression during my courting years...

Tony officially registered the car under his name in 2008, after it was owned by his father. Understandably the car contains many happy memories and these factors are the reason why he kept the car for so long but admits that he hasn't really added much more than 500 miles over the 15 years of ownership.

His father used it as an occasional car and it was always garaged. The sale of his former home (and therefore storage) and potential plans to find a modern sports car are the main motivations for the sale of the Stag. He'll be happy to answer any questions on the car in the comments section below.

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Originality is the key to this Stag and through careful ownership it has resisted the passages of time well.

Wheels and Tyres

The alloys are in good shape with no significant damage or kerb contact, and typically they have faded over time but still look presentable.

The car has Michelin tyres with a Nankang fitted on the nearside rear. All are over 20 years old but still have a good level of tread due to the minimal use over the past 20 years.


The structure of the car is solid with no significant signs of issues noted, other than age-related surface corrosion on some of the underside, but nothing of a structural note. The engine bay, radiator support and suspension mounts look solid. The exterior presents well, with no damage observed on the boot floor, wings or doors.

The hood well is solid and dry. There is the lightest corrosion noted on the base of the near-side A-post, with very minor scabs noted on the inner lip of the wheel arches and outer sills lip. The panels hang well with a relatively decent fit throughout. The passenger doors are typical of unrestored Stags and may need minor adjustment but do not sag and open and close without much effort. There are a few minor dents but nothing that distracts from the classic lines.


The paint is evenly matched throughout, it appears to be original and has lasted well largely thanks to its indoor storage. There are age-related swirls but we think the paint could be polished up to a decent level.

There are a few signs of age coming through with the usual chip observed on the passenger door edges. The paint on the offside rear wing is matted, perhaps suggesting a makeshift blow-over at some point. The car has a few minor chips and scuffs but considering the age of the car and originality of the car, it still looks very presentable to this day.

Glass and Trim

The tinted glass is good with no signs of damage, cracks or lamination damage. The chrome trim is in good shape, with the bumpers retaining a very good shine. There is a minor dent noted on the front unit, but the rest of the chrome trim is in good shape.

The lights are good, with light damage noted on the near-side front indicator lens. Take a look at the extensive photo gallery to see the detail.


The interior has been very well cared for and retains its class and elegance.

Seats and Carpets

The vinyl seats are reflective of the mileage of the car and have weathered well, again with the car being garaged they have not gone hard. On closer inspection sadly the outside of the front seats have been damaged no doubt from the seatbelt hitting the seat when moved for rear access etc.

The carpets are dry and have worn well, with signs of age in places, the boot carpet is also dry. View the video for a tour of the cabin.


The dashboard is in good condition and free from cracks or significant scuffs, the veneer has lasted well too, with the odd blemish noted.

The dials and switches look good, with no outstanding issues and all are said to work. The car has an FM stereo/tape player. The interior padding and door cards are in good shape with no significant signs of wear.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel and gear lever are decent, with minor signs of age but well within the expectation of a car of this mileage. View the gallery to see the detail.


The Triumph Stag is a natural-born cruiser, the throaty V8 pairs well with the automatic gearbox for touring.

Engine and Gearbox

The cold start video did not suggest any issues with the car, there was a little smoke, likely to be due to a rich running engine but once warmed up the car ran well with no adverse factors.

On the road, it drove well, with no warnings flagged up in regards to its oil pressure or engine temperature after the 20-minute drive. No knocks or rattles came from the engine, nor did the cooling fan kick in at any point. The gearbox changes smoothly and the kickdown works well. The car also comes with a spare tail pipe.

Suspension and Brakes

No differential whine was noticed, and the steering and suspension remain compliant with the road, with no noticeable issues. The brakes operated without drama, stopping the car without any noises or vibrations.

The Drive

A lavish almost stately affair best describes the Stag's demeanour, with a charismatic grace to its driving experience. The car handles firmly across the roads and finds a sweet spot cruising at 50MPH. The car's ride is cosseted, no body creak or thuds coming from the suspension. The power steering retains a direct light feel with no issues reported from the car as it corners.

Electrics and Other

The hardtop is in good shape and fits well with no notable damage to the paint, chrome or glass. The T-bar is solid with no damage to the padding. The soft top is in remarkably clean condition, with no damage on the rear screen or the stitching - it raises and retracts without any obstructions, and provides a good seal to the Targa frame. The headlining of both the hardtop and soft top is in good shape with no signs of dampness or damage.

History and Paperwork

A solid example of a British classic that is a favourite in the enthusiast market, coming from ~42 year ownership and still producing a magnificent sound to this day.

There are lots of interesting details, invoices and evidence to support the car's low mileage, with service stamps carried out by the local British Leyland dealer right up to 1983. Originally sold by Heron, a local British Leyland Triumph dealer, the car's second owner also bought the car locally. He literally lived a few hundred yards from where the car currently is registered, suggesting that the Stag has spent its 46 years in roughly the same locality.

Further paperwork covers sundry and maintenance bills, all recording fairly low volume maintenance and repair. Vitally the car has seen attention in recent years too, which includes engine and health checks, with additional attention to the carburettor, brakes and steering components. It has also seen a new battery and fuel pump too.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
09-01-2020 MOT 48,188
27-10-2017 MOT 48,179
20-06-2016 MOT 48,147
12-06-2015 MOT 48,085
14-06-2014 Service 47,890
14-06-2014 MOT 47,890
07-07-2010 MOT 47,807
09-06-2009 MOT 47,751
20-06-2007 MOT 47,579
11-08-1989 MOT 33,444
20-07-1988 MOT 32,221
12-09-1986 MOT 30,893
10-07-1985 MOT 28,519
09-06-1983 Service 25,478
08-12-1982 Service 24,111
25-05-1982 Service 23,039
15-07-1981 MOT 21,267
03-11-1980 Service 19,600
01-03-1980 Service 17,500
25-04-1979 Service 14,000
17-10-1978 Service 12,639
09-06-1978 Service 9,880
23-09-1977 Service 6,855
10-05-1977 Service 4,350
24-09-1976 Service 986
Key Details
  • ModelStag
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date11-08-1976
  • CC2,997
  • Mileage48,205
  • HistoryYes
  • ColourCarmine Red
  • Interior ColourTan
  • Interior TrimVinyl
  • Chassis #LD41544A
  • Engine #LF041266HEA
  • Last Service14-06-2014
  • RestoredNo
  • MOT09-01-2020
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • Former Keepers3
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~42 year family ownership
  • Key FeatureCompletely original, with exceptionally low miles

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Hi, thanks for your reply re the door card. I see back in 2017 it failed on sharp edges on both front wings due to corrosion. Have these been replaced ? How was the chassis corrosion dealt with as well please. Thanks


Hi. Is the drivers door card worn or just dirty please ? Thanks


Please confirm if the car will have a current MoT prior to conclusion of the auction?
Do the exterior and interior colours tie in with the manufacturers plate? In the engine bay I believe. Apologies if this has been photographed. I will look again.
Regards, Miket


Hi has there been any issues with overheating?
Thanks David Leedham


Vehicle Location

Banbury, Oxfordshire

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