Property of a deceased's estate,1939 Triumph 498cc Tiger 100 Frame no. TF2741 Engine no. 9 T100 23097
Lot 309
Property of a deceased's estate,1939 Triumph 498cc Tiger 100
Registration no. 374 UYE Frame no. TF2741 Engine no. 9 T100 23097
Sold for £16,100 (US$ 21,494) inc. premium

Lot Details
Property of a deceased's estate,1939 Triumph 498cc Tiger 100 Frame no. TF2741 Engine no. 9 T100 23097 Property of a deceased's estate,1939 Triumph 498cc Tiger 100 Frame no. TF2741 Engine no. 9 T100 23097
Property of a deceased's estate
1939 Triumph 498cc Tiger 100
Registration no. 374 UYE
Frame no. TF2741
Engine no. 9 T100 23097
Although Edward Turner's Triumph Speed Twin caused a sensation when it appeared at the 1937 Motorcycle Show, few of its admirers can have guessed how influential the design would prove to be. True, there had been vertical twins before; indeed, Turner's predecessor at Triumph - Val Page - had designed one a few years previously, but the Coventry firm's newcomer established a formula that would be adopted by all of Britain's major motorcycle manufacturers in the succeeding decade. And whereas previous vertical twins had suffered from excess bulk, Turner's was lighter and narrower across the crankcase than the contemporary single-cylinder Tiger 90, whose cycle parts it shared, and from certain angles looked just like a twin-port single. This was just what the conservatively minded motorcycling public wanted and the Speed Twin proved an enormous success for Triumph, lifting the company out of the economic doldrums and setting it on the road to future prosperity.

Performance proved exemplary for a road-going 500, around 85mph being attainable by the Speed Twin while the Tiger 100 sports version was even faster.The Tiger 100 was launched in 1938. Performance was boosted by the use of high-compression forged pistons and polished ports and internals, the result being a machine that could touch 100mph in road trim and exceed it with the silencer end-caps removed. When production resumed in 1946, the T100 reappeared with telescopic forks in place of the original girders, and separate dynamo and magneto instead of the pre-war version's magdyno.

This pre-war Tiger 100 was first registered to its late owner in August 2011. The machine was purchased from one Richard Allen having previously been displayed in a Belgian museum inside a glass case (receipt on file). Additional accompanying documentation consists of SORN paperwork, VMCC dating certificate, V5C registration document and an MoT certificate (expired July 2012).

Saleroom notices

  • The vehicle registration is 374 YUE and not 374 UYE as stated in the catalogue.
Activities
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 £175,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £175,001 to £3,000,000 the Hammer Price
12.5% from £3,000,001 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, cheque with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveller'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 licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Motor Cycles (UK)
    Auction administration - Motorcycles
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work 0208 963 2817
    FaxFax: 0208 963 2801
Similar Items