1950 Triumph 6T Thunderbird
Lot 296
1950 Triumph 650cc Thunderbird Frame no. 4324N Engine no. 4324N
Sold for £9,200 (US$ 15,492) inc. premium
Lot Details
1950 Triumph 650cc Thunderbird
Registration no. GVJ 968
Frame no. 4324N
Engine no. 4324N
Always a step ahead of their rivals, Triumph followed up the trend-setting Speed Twin 500 of pre-war days by being first in the field with a 650cc parallel twin. Announced in September 1949, the 650 Thunderbird was Triumph's response to demands for more power emanating from American racers and British sidecarists alike. A spectacular launch stunt saw three Thunderbirds lap the banked Montlhéry circuit in France at over 90mph for 500 miles, after which they each achieved a flying lap of 100mph-plus and were ridden back to the Meriden factory, a quite outstanding achievement. Finished in the 1950-only blue grey colour scheme, this sprung hub-equipped example was purchased in 1991 as a restoration project and rebuilt over the next few years, with further extensive renovation in 2008 (all bills available). Since completion in 1995 'GVJ 968' has been in continual use, mostly in France and Spain, and will be taxed and MoT'd prior to sale. Described as in generally very good condition, the machine is offered with old-style logbooks and Swansea V5. Higher-compression pistons, a modern headlight, gel battery and an Amal Concentric carburettor are the only notified deviations from factory specification. (The original headlight and carburettor are included in the sale).
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