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Profile – Triumph Stag Fastback

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PAE 755 is the only survivor of the three prototypes and is the design that likely would have entered production

Triumph had once accomplished the transformation from an open roadster to fastback coupe with the Triumph Spitfire and GT6 and management was keen to see whether lightning could strike twice with the conversion of the luxurious Stag to an enclosed coupe. The Triumph Stag Fastback was originally the idea of Spen King, who had taken over as the Chief Engineer from Harry Webster, the plan was to send the original prototype back to Michelotti for conversion into a fastback design study.

One of the earlier prototypes

One of the earlier prototypes

First proposed in 1968, the first attempt was rejected by Triumph’s design staff and Michelotti finally produced an acceptable prototype the following year. A running prototype with a 2.5-liter fuel injected engine and two additional cars were built (the last with V8 power). Unfortunately, problems with getting the original Stag to market meant that the project was placed on the back burner but the plan was revived at the end of 1970 by which time the car’s styling had been rationalized with the GT6 Mk III.

stagdev_02Although the car was attractive and should have sold well, Triumph had its hands full of warranty claims for the car and the funds required to place it into production were not available.

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'Profile – Triumph Stag Fastback' have 2 comments

  1. December 27, 2015 @ 4:49 am Frank Ricchio

    Giovanni Michelotti’s vast body of work continues to amaze. Considering he designed over 1,200 vehicles that were actually built, including nearly 200 for a gentleman named Enzo, Michelotti was truly a gifted artist. It’s interesting to note that of all the cars he designed, the Triumph Spitfire and it’s big brother the Triumph GT6, which I believe is one of the most underrated and under-appreciated of all the British cars produced, were his favorites.

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  2. December 27, 2015 @ 4:20 pm Robin May

    This Stag Fastback looks suspiciously like the 1971 Audi 100S Coupe.

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