1940 Triumph 3SW
1940 Triumph 350cc 3SW Military
Registration no. FNV 147
Frame no. TL 15686
Engine no. M3537298
During WWII Britain's three main services and auxiliary forces used five brands of motorcycle, supplied respectively by Ariel, BSA, Matchless, Norton, and Triumph. Following destruction of Triumph's downtown Coventry premises in a 1940 air raid the 3SW ceased production until the resumption of manufacture at the new Meriden factory in 1942. The drab-olive 3SW, which started first kick during our inspection, has been extensively rebuilt by the vendor over the past 3-4 years, since when the bike has covered approx 360 gentle miles. Starting with an incomplete machine in poor condition many of the original parts were refurbished, and its 1940 specification was adhered to as closely a possible. Proof of the sympathetic workmanship resulted in an outright win at a recent Poole Quay Bike Night -- against 2000 contestants -- and a commendable 4th place in the year end Final. The rebuild includes some fine period touches; e.g. a field type prop stand and saddlebag, brass control levers, and a rare if unusual Triumph name-style badge atop the fuel tank. Military experts should note that its C69839 WD serial number links correctly with the "3SW R21 REME FELTHAM" stamp on the nearside crankcase. [A one time engine number query has now been satisfactorily resolved in correspondence from DVLA.] Acquired by the owner in 2008 the Triumph is offered with green log book and V5C, an expired MOT certificate dated May 2013, a maintenance manual, a replacement parts book, plus instruction & drivers handbooks.
- The engine number is 3SW R21 REME-FELTHAM and does not match the V5C.