Property of the late Chris Thomas,1920 Triumph 550cc Model H Frame no. 310930 Engine no. 70925 HRX
Lot 353
Property of the late Chris Thomas,1920 Triumph 550cc Model H Frame no. 310930 Engine no. 70925 HRX
Sold for £6,670 (US$ 10,891) inc. premium

Lot Details
Property of the late Chris Thomas,1920 Triumph 550cc Model H Frame no. 310930 Engine no. 70925 HRX Property of the late Chris Thomas,1920 Triumph 550cc Model H Frame no. 310930 Engine no. 70925 HRX Property of the late Chris Thomas,1920 Triumph 550cc Model H Frame no. 310930 Engine no. 70925 HRX Property of the late Chris Thomas,1920 Triumph 550cc Model H Frame no. 310930 Engine no. 70925 HRX Property of the late Chris Thomas,1920 Triumph 550cc Model H Frame no. 310930 Engine no. 70925 HRX Property of the late Chris Thomas,1920 Triumph 550cc Model H Frame no. 310930 Engine no. 70925 HRX Property of the late Chris Thomas,1920 Triumph 550cc Model H Frame no. 310930 Engine no. 70925 HRX Property of the late Chris Thomas,1920 Triumph 550cc Model H Frame no. 310930 Engine no. 70925 HRX
Property of the late Chris Thomas
1920 Triumph 550cc Model H
Registration no. HA 419
Frame no. 310930
Engine no. 70925 HRX
The first Triumph motorcycle of 1902 used a Belgian Minerva engine but within a few years the Coventry firm - originally a bicycle manufacturer founded by German immigrants Siegfried Bettman and Maurice Schulte - was building its own power units. The company was soon involved in racing and the publicity generated by competition success - Jack Marshall won the 1908 Isle of Man TT's single-cylinder class for Triumph having finished second the previous year - greatly stimulated sales. By the outbreak of The Great War the marque's reputation for quality and reliability was well established, leading to substantial orders for 'Trusty Triumphs' for military use. Triumph's 3½hp model had first appeared in 1907. Originally of 453cc, its sidevalve engine was enlarged to 476cc in 1908 and finally to 499cc in 1910 before being superseded by the 550cc 4hp model in 1914. Equipped with three-speed Sturmey-Archer gearbox, it was this revised 4hp - the Model H - that did such sterling service in WWI, some 30,000 'Trusty Triumphs' seeing action with British and Allied forces.

This Model H is offered from the collection belonging to former Veteran Car Club president, the late Chris Thomas. Previously owned by John Peat, 'HA 419' has been maintained by sidecar racer Tony Wakefield of 'British Magnum' fame. The machine is offered with (copy) VMCC dating document, sundry invoices, two old MoT certificates (most recent expired April 1993) and various photocopied instruction manuals.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Ben Walker
    Specialist - Motorcycles
    Bonhams
    Work
    101 New Bond Street
    London, United Kingdom W1S 1SR
    Work +44 20 8963 2819
    FaxFax: +44 20 8963 2801
  2. James Stensel
    Specialist - Motorcycles
    Bonhams
    Work
    101 New Bond Street
    London, United Kingdom W1S 1SR
    Work +44 20 8963 2818
    FaxFax: +44 20 8963 2801
Similar Items