1920 Triumph 550cc Model H Frame no. 310353 Engine no. 70813
Lot 176
1920 Triumph 550cc Model H
Registration no. KN 9892 Frame no. 310353 Engine no. 70813
Sold for £9,200 (US$ 14,848) inc. premium

Lot Details
1920 Triumph 550cc Model H Frame no. 310353 Engine no. 70813 1920 Triumph 550cc Model H Frame no. 310353 Engine no. 70813
1920 Triumph 550cc Model H
Registration no. KN 9892
Frame no. 310353
Engine no. 70813
The first Triumph motorcycle of 1902 used a Belgian Minerva engine but within a few years the Coventry firm was building its own power units. By the outbreak of The Great War the marque's reputation for quality and reliability was well established, leading to substantial orders from the armed forces. 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 Originally of 453cc, its sidevalve engine was enlarged to 476cc in 1908 and finally to 499cc in 1910 before being superseded by the 550cc 4hp model in 1914.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 was owned by one P Scanlon Esq from at least February 1963, as evidenced by correspondence on file from him to the Triumph factory, and remained in his family's possession for the next 48 years. Registered in Mr Scanlon's wife's name in 1992, the machine was restored - almost certainly for the second time - in 2008 and two years later was advertised for sale. The current vendor purchased the Triumph ('the best I could find') from Mr Scanlon's widow in February 2011 and since then has used it regularly during summer months. Described as in generally very good condition, the machine is offered with the aforementioned correspondence, sundry restoration and other photographs, seven old tax discs, expired MoT (2011) and V5C registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine suffix is HRX.
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