1974 Triumph 490cc TR5T Trophy Trail
Registration no. DXE 263N
Frame no. HJ 57034
Engine no. HJ 57034
Also known as the 'Adventurer', the Trophy Trail was introduced in November 1972. The workers' occupation of Triumph's Meriden factory in the autumn of 1973 halted production, which did not resume fully until March 1975. The 500cc models were dropped once the backlog of machines impounded at the factory had been cleared, but before then a number had been released in the preceding autumn, which explains why this TR5T, manufactured in July 1973, was not first registered until September 1974. Acquired by the late John Logan Thompson in 1991, 'DXE 263N' was purchased by the current vendor at Bonhams' sale of the Thompson Collection at Stafford in October 2005 (Lot 396). Dry stored since acquisition, the machine has been re-commissioned (new battery and spark plugs) and MoT'd prior to sale but otherwise is described as in un-restored original condition. The engine is said to run sweetly and all electrics work properly. Accompanying documentation consists of an expired MoT certificate (1992), copy old Swansea V5, current V5C and MoT to March 2014.