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Lot 58: 1970 TRIUMPH STAG ROADSTER FROM "DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER"
December 20, 2002
New York, NY, USA
Description: United Artists, 1971 The car that Sean Connery, as James Bond, uses in a number of scenes including the Dover ferryport sequence when he steps into it in place of diamond smuggler, Peter Franks, as played by Joe Robinson, when he drives it to catch the hovercraft and lastly when he's in Amsterdam where he drives over bridges to get to the apartment of Tiffany Case, as played by Jill St. John. Significantly, this Stag is one of the few cars in the Bond series that Sean Connery actually drives. It is also one of the few remaining survivors of the small Triumph Press Fleet from the time of the car's 1970 launch. Specifics About The Car: Registration No. RVC 435H Chassis No. LD 14 Engine No. LF8HE Yellow with Tan Interior Engine: V8 Overhead Camshaft, 2997 CC, 145 BHP at 5500 RPM; Gearbox: Manual Four-Speed with Overdrive; Brakes: Hydraulically Operated Disc and Drum; Suspension: Independant All Rount, By MacPherson Strut at Front, Semi Trailing Arms and Coil Springs at Rear; Right Hand Drive. For Triumph, the elegant V8 Stag Two-Plus-Two Roadster of 1970 was a fundamental break from the simple rugged TR Sports Models that had served the company so well from 1953. Originally intended to be a short, wheelbase development from the successful Triumph 2000 Saloon, by the time it reached production, it has its own unitary body shell and a compact three-litre V8. The Stag's designers believed that tough new safety regulations in the United States, the car's main market by a wide margin, made a roll-over bar essential in all soft-top cars. They provided the car's pioneering bolt-on tee-bar. The Stag was well-equipped; there was power steering, overdrive was an option for the manual four speed version and the two rear seats were more usable than on other two-plus-twos. There was a capable detachable hard-top. The automatic transmission was a popular fitting. Nobody else made anything quite like it and the price was just right. This particular example, as its very low chassis number indicates, was one of the small number of early pre-production cars built. It was close enough to production specification to be used in Triumph's Press Fleet and in its prime was featured in a number of magazine reports and tests. Additionally, this car was on display in a museum setting for a number of years. In May of 1998, the car underwent extensive restoration work to the body, the engine was fitted with a new radiator and it was converted to run on unleaded fuel. It has a black folding soft top (unrestored) although no hard top. The registered mileage is now showing 54,796. The car comes with the pink slip from its current owner who assures Christie's that it is in road-going condition. PROVENANCE This piece was originally sold at the September 17, 1998 Chrisitie's (South Kensington) auction titled "James Bond 007;" Sale 8120, Lot 143, final price realized L20,700.