1973 Triumph Stag Mk2
This Triumph Stag is a documented one-owner example, purchased new by Byron Webb as his personal car when his dealership, Webb Motors in Roanoke, VA, was a factory authorized Triumph dealer. Originally used for touring early on, and in recent years exercised only on Sunday morning drives to church, the 40,747 miles is original and correct. The Stag has spent its entire life in Mr. Webb's climate controlled garage, or on proud display in his dealership's showroom.
Maintained since new by Mr. Webb's factory trained mechanics, it presents in stunning condition. Having received meticulous, almost fanatical care and maintenance throughout its life, Mr. Webb's only changes from the original specifications were non-invasive upgrades that included a dual oil and temperature gauge in place of the original temperature gauge, a Crane XR-7000 electronic ignition, and a Rimmer Brothers radiator.
Such low mileage cars, no matter how well cared for, always need a good bit of fettling to get them back up to reliable road going spec. When we acquired this car an extensive diagnostic was performed, and all the outstanding issues have been resolved. Some of the major projects included: rebuilt heads and a full engine reseal, brake service, rebuilt carburetors, A/C service and reseal, front suspension bushings, steering rack rebuild, clutch slave cylinder rebuild, new alternator, and a full engine tune-up.
During our work on the car we discovered the factory hardtop might have never been removed. The original convertible top was resting in pristine, unused condition in its storage compartment behind the seat. The original Michelin spare tire still sits in the trunk, along with the original tool roll. All evidence points to this being the most original Stag in existence. Add to that a concours level detail, and this British icon is now in show winning condition both cosmetically as well as mechanically.
About the Stag:
Envisioned as a luxury sports car, the Triumph Stag was designed to compete directly with the Mercedes-Benz SL. To help cement it in the public eye it would be driven by James Bond in 'Diamonds Are Forever'. In fact Aston Martin objected that the Stag V8 sounded better than their DBS, so they demanded an overdub with a different engine.
All Stags were four-seater convertible coupes, but for structural rigidity and to meet new American rollover standards of the time, the Stag required a B-pillar 'roll bar' hoop connected to the windscreen frame by a T-bar. A removable hardtop was a popular factory option for the early Stags, and was later supplied as a standard fitment.
The new Triumph V8 was enlarged to 2997 cc to help the car fulfill its roll as a grand tourer. To meet emission standards in the USA, the troublesome mechanical fuel injection was dropped in favor of dual Zenith-Stromberg 175 CDSE carburetors. Unitary construction was employed, as was fully independent suspension MacPherson struts in front, semi-trailing arms at the rear. Braking was by front disc and rear drum brakes, while steering was power-assisted rack and pinion.
About Webb Motors:
Webb Motors was founded in the 1940s selling British engines and motorcycles. In 1955 the company moved to its current location in Roanoke, Virginia, and operated as a British Leyland dealership, continuing to do so through their demise. Nowadays, they offer restoration, repair, and sales of British cars, including those they sold new. Webb Motors is still run by the original owner, octogenarian Byron Webb, and his son-in-law Louie Cross.