19th Jun, 2024 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

  Lot 13

1975 Triumph Stag
'I(t) could be so good for you' - the Dennis Waterman 'New Tricks' car

Estimated at £18,000 - £22,000

Lot details

Registration No: PWR 233P
Chassis No: LD357800

  • Used by Dennis Waterman in the TV series 'New Tricks'.
  • Attendee at his memorial service alongside the 'Minder' Capri and 'The Sweeney' Consul
  • Also featured on screen in 'Murphy's Law', 'The Last Weekend' and 'Midsomer Murders'
  • Uprated with a four-barrel carburettor, higher capacity radiator and bigger bore exhaust etc
  • Finished in BRG with Tan upholstery including a cigarette burn made by the late Mr Waterman

Introduced in June 1970, the Triumph Stag was conceived as a luxury convertible sportscar to rival the likes of the R107-series Mercedes-Benz SL. As such, it came equipped with electric windows, power-assisted rack and pinion steering and servo-backed disc / drum brakes as standard. Based around a two-door monocoque bodyshell (stylist Giovanni Michelotti had physically shortened a pre-production Triumph 2000 saloon in order to fashion the initial prototype), the newcomer featured all-round independent suspension (McPherson strut front / semi-trailing arm rear) and a well laid-out 2+2 cabin. Neatly integrated, the substantial roll-over hoop that joined the B-pillars gained extra strength from a T-bar link to the windscreen frame. With some 145bhp and 167lbft of torque on tap from its bespoke 2997cc SOHC V8 engine, the model was reputedly capable of 120mph. Available with a choice of four-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission all but the earliest Stags benefited from both hard- and soft-top roofs. Despite being in production for seven years during which time 25,877 cars were made, a mere 9,500 or so are thought to have survived.

Arthur Daley might have stretched to a Ford Capri 2.0 S for Terry McCann but a Triumph Stag would have required too many ‘nice little earners’. Nevertheless, Dennis Waterman did get behind the wheel of a Stag – specifically ‘PWR 233P’ - courtesy of his starring role in the long running TV series, ‘New Tricks’ (2003 – 2015). Although by then the Triumph boasted an impressive silver screen resume of its own with appearances in ‘Murphy’s Law’, ‘The Last Weekend’ and ‘Midsomer Murders’. Finished in the attractive combination of British Racing Green with Tan upholstery, the driver’s seat proudly retains a cigarette burn made by Mr Waterman himself during filming! Treated to a thorough engine overhaul by Faversham Classics in 2002, the 2+2-seater has since benefited from a replacement steering rack, four-barrel carburettor, freer flowing exhaust, uprated Weslake driveshafts, manual gearbox / overdrive refurbishments and new alloy wheels / tyres etc. Maintained by Caroline’s Cars of Norfolk prior to entering the vendor’s care, he had ‘PWR 233P’ fully resprayed at a cost of some £5,000 in 2021. Undergoing further minor works at the moment, the Triumph is due to be freshly MOT tested ahead of sale and is said to ‘drive extremely well’. The subject of its own website, the 2+2-seater also boasts a large history file dating back to 1982. An attendee at the late Dennis Waterman’s memorial service, which was organised by one of the seller’s friends, this famous Stag took centre stage alongside the 'Minder' Capri and 'The Sweeney' Consul. The vendor regrets to inform potential purchasers the Triumph cannot be bought for the £4,900 it was stickered up for in one particular episode of 'New Tricks' but points out that if it were still possible to buy a drink at the Winchester Club then the cost of such would be considerably higher too!

PLEASE NOTE: This lot does not possess a current MOT certificate


Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 19th Jun, 2024

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