1969 Triumph 490cc T100R Daytona
Frame no. XC06566
Engine no. T100R XC06566
Competition success in the USA prompted Triumph to adopt the 'Daytona Tiger' name for their top-of-the range sports 500 in 1966, Buddy Elmore having won that year's prestigious Daytona 200 race on a works twin, a feat Gary Nixon repeated the following year on his way to the first of back-to-back AMA titles. With the re-launch of the BSA-Triumph range in November 1970, by which time it had gained the 650's excellent twin-leading-shoe front brake, the 'Tiger' part of the name was dropped and the Daytona's model designation changed to simply 'T100R'. However, within two years the entire BSA/Triumph Group was in severe financial difficulty and the proposed closure of Triumph's Meriden factory led to a workers' occupation of the plant in September 1973. When the plant eventually reopened, the two 500cc models in production immediately prior to the shutdown the T100R Daytona and the TR5T Trophy Trail were not revived.
Imported into the UK in May 1991 but never registered here, this late Daytona is offered with owner's handbook, part numbers booklet, Triumph Owners MCC dating letter, C&E Form 386, Swansea V55/5 and expired MoT (September 1992). A total of only 29 miles is displayed on the odometer.