1965 Dresda Triton 650cc
Registration no. GLA 530C
Frame no. M14 71721
Engine no. T110 028642
Proprietor of Dresda Autos, previously a retail outlet for scooters on Putney Bridge Road in Southwest London, Dave Degens was one of the first special-builders to put the Triton into what might be termed 'limited production'. A happy marriage of Triumph power and Norton roadholding, the Triton is rightly regarded by enthusiasts as the British sports special. The idea caught on after the Featherbed's arrival in the mid-1950s and many hundreds have been made since, varying in quality from the professional to the horrendously amateurish. Dave Degens' were among the very best and he set out to prove it in the most convincing way possible: by racing them. Riding one of his own Dresda Tritons, Degens won the prestigious Barcelona 24-Hour Endurance Race in 1965, defeating many works-entered bikes in the process, and went on to develop his own Featherbed-derived frame to take power units other than the original Triumph.
This example comes with old-style logbook (issued 1965) listing Dresda as first owner and stating that the machine is 'rebuilt'. The Norton Model 99 Featherbed frame dates from 1957 and the Triumph T110 engine from 1959, although the latter is different from that recorded in1965. 'GLA 530C' is offered with old/current Swansea V5/V5C documents and a quantity of old tax discs and MoTs dating back to the early 1990s (most recent expired April 2006). The machine will require re-commissioning before returning to the road.