1950 Triumph 650cc 6T Thunderbird
Lot 299
1950 Triumph 650cc Thunderbird Frame no. 13982N Engine no. 6T 13982N
Sold for £6,900 (US$ 11,267) inc. premium

Lot Details
1950 Triumph 650cc 6T Thunderbird 1950 Triumph 650cc 6T Thunderbird 1950 Triumph 650cc 6T Thunderbird 1950 Triumph 650cc 6T Thunderbird 1950 Triumph 650cc 6T Thunderbird 1950 Triumph 650cc 6T Thunderbird 1950 Triumph 650cc 6T Thunderbird 1950 Triumph 650cc 6T Thunderbird 1950 Triumph 650cc 6T Thunderbird
1950 Triumph 650cc Thunderbird
Registration no. KDD 816
Frame no. 13982N
Engine no. 6T 13982N
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. One of the most significant subsequent developments was the introduction of a swinging-arm frame for 1955 but prior to that time Triumph twins could be ordered with the optional 'sprung hub' (designed by Edward Turner) which offered a limited amount of rear suspension movement.

Dating from the first year of production and finished in the 1950-only blue-grey colour scheme, this sprung hub-equipped Thunderbird was purchased as a low-mileage example and restored to a high standard circa 1995. Dry stored for the last five years, the machine is currently SORN'd and comes with Swansea V5C registration document.
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