Triumph Stag

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Peter Franks arrives at Dover in the Triumph Stag in Diamonds Are Forever
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James Bond leaves Dover in the Triumph Stag in Diamonds Are Forever
photo © United Artists, Danjaq LLC

In the movie Diamonds Are Forever (1971) James Bond (Sean Connery) drives a Triumph Stag to Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The car is owned by diamond smuggler Peter Franks, but after Franks is apprehended, Bond assumes Franks identity and takes the car. Bond uses the Seaspeed SRN4 Hovercraft 'The Princess Margaret' to cross the channel to mainland Europe. Next we see Bond and the car drive the small streets of Amsterdam to arrive at the canal house (Reguliersgracht 36) of Tiffany Case.

A 2002 Christie's auction gives more details about the car used in the film. The Stag, 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 in 2002 was showing 54,796. The car was originally sold at the September 17, 1998 Christie's (South Kensington) auction titled "James Bond 007" Sale 8120, Lot 143, final price realized £20,700.

The Triumph Stag in the movie has a Saffran Yellow color, brown interior license plate number RVC 435H.
Chassis No. LD 14
Engine No. LF8HE
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

The Triumph Stag is a British roadster, sold between 1970 and 1978 by the Triumph Motor Company. The stylish body was designed by the Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti. The 3.0 litre V8 engine makes this Triumph quite fast.

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