A V8 Toledo you’re thinking, that doesn’t sound like a factory specification. Well, you’d be correct. Since 2005 this car has been under construction, utilising Dolomite Sprint and Stag parts it is an incredible marriage of three legendary Triumph names.
You need to get out and enjoy this car for what it is, you should not underestimate the power that this lightweight classic has on tap.
The History and Paperwork
Starting life out as a 1974 Toledo this example started its transformation in 2005
The current owner had a fascination with both standard and modified Triumph cars
The opportunity arose to purchase a Triumph Stag 3.0l V8 attached to a specially modified Dolomite subframe and overdrive gearbox
It was off to the races after this purchase and the lengthy conversion began
There is a long list of parts purchased to create this marriage and you’ll find them in the following bullet points
The heart of the build is a Stag 3000cc V8 engine with a modified Sprint subframe
This is then attached to a Sprint overdrive gearbox and gearbox mount
Power is then transferred through a Sprint back axle and prop
To help stop an Australian big front disc kit
Full suspension poly-bushing with GAZ adjustable shocks all around
1-inch drop uprated coil springs all round
8 Spoke MGF 15” Alloy Wheels in Black (MGF steel space saver spare)
Four new tyres were fitted a few years ago with little use: 185 55 R15s
A marvellous side exit exhaust is also fitted
Sparkrite Electronic ignition
GPS head up display speedo (hidden in the dash speaker cover)
A new steering rack and suspension ball joints were fitted
Triumph Dolomite 1850 (1980, essentially Sprint spec ) wiring loom and dash installed with matching
Stag V8 tachometer
The fuse box was bought into the cabin and additional fuses were installed. This is all functional but could benefit from some tidying
Dolomite rear bumper centre with reversed number plate light fitted with LED bulbs for reverse light
Rover 200 BRM red leather interior installed including elements in the door cards and the handbrake lever
Door speakers fitted and wired; no stereo installed.
New headlining and insulation.
3 x Passenger grab handles with magnetic hold back (leather Duchess style).
4 x interior lights
Electric windows installed
The passenger side is a little slow
Fob-operated central locking
As you can see, no leaf was left unturned during the build
This makes for one unique Toledo that’s for sure
Inside this custom V8 it does look very nice indeed
The original seats have been replaced in favour of some out of a Rover 200 BRM
These seats are trimmed in a very striking red leather
The leather has been used and worn in nicely
Meaning that it is nice and supple
These seats do complement the exterior off-white/cream colour rather nicely and add another talking point to the already eye catching car
It’s not just the seats that are trimmed in this material
You’ll also find it around the gear stick, and on the door cards as well
Originally the car came with a Webasto roof, but the current owner has decided to get rid of this feature
Now you’ll find a headliner that stretches uninterrupted from front to back
It should be noted that this too is in lovely condition
New carpets have been fitted throughout the cabin and look in great condition
Under the dash there is some wiring, you may wish to tidy this up, but it is all functional
When you’re moving there is a GPS head-up-display set into the dash, useful for some more accurate speed readings
The dash is the very recognisable Triumph dash, the dark wood veneer stretches across and looks lovely
Overall, the interior is in very good condition
You may wish to do some tidying with the wires, but apart from this all the hard work has been done for you
Externally this Toledo has stayed close to its roots
There are no major additions to the exterior at all
The only big modification was the filling in of the Webasto sunroof
This was filled with a panel from a scrap car with new vinyl applied over the top
Speaking of vinyl, you can see from the photos that it is in great condition on this car
Sometimes it can bubble and peel away on the rear pillars, but there isn’t any of this present on this example
You may notice a few areas of surface corrosion to the bodywork, but these just add to the character
Underneath however the car has been rust proofed and should outlive us all
It also hides the V8 under the bonnet so you should be able to surprise a few people
Speaking of the V8, its exhaust routes out the side near the passenger door
Side exit exhausts are very cool and rank up there with pop-up headlights
You will notice the fans up front for the radiator, this is part of the uprated cooling package for the notorious Stag engine
This is a real sleeper of a classic that no one would suspect at first
There are only a couple of tells on the exterior that point toward its engine
Overall, the exterior is presented in solid condition
Not normally a place a Toledo would shine, but we all know that this isn’t a normal Toledo
Lifting the bonnet reveals the 3.0l Stag V8
Having received a full flush it should be pretty clean internally, which in turn should improve its cooling
Speaking of the cooling the radiator unit is actually from a Mercedes
On the road, it does a good job, but temperatures may slowly increase whilst sitting in a very slow moving car show queue
There is an additional radiator that’ll come with the car which may help as a second unit
Or you may even wish to get a custom unit made up
This very acute cooling niggle shouldn’t put you off of what is an otherwise incredible-performing classic
The Stag V8 pulls this car along very nicely
Once it was bought up to temperature this was displayed on the day of the photoshoot
Along with producing an amazing soundtrack out of its side exit exhaust, it got up to national speed limits without a problem
This was in turn indicated through the head-up-display
The four-speed gearbox does have an overdrive function which improves the cruising capabilities
This is one of those classics that just bring pure joy whilst out on the road
It provides a great soundtrack that is slowly dying out
The driving characteristics should make you fall in love with driving all over again
This is a rather rare find indeed, one of a kind shall we say. In a world of mass-produced modern hot hatches why not get your hands on a classic tourer that is more like a muscle car?
With a lot of the hard and complicated engineering work already completed all you have to do is get in, turn it on, and get going. Wherever you are it will never fail to cause a commotion.
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