1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050
Lot 178
1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T
Registration no. OAU 549W Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050
Sold for £10,350 (US$ 13,329) inc. premium

Lot Details
1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050 1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T Frame no. TR7T EDA30050 Engine no. TR7T EDA30050
1981 Triumph 744cc Tiger Trail TR7T
Registration no. OAU 549W
Frame no. TR7T EDA30050
Engine no. TR7T EDA30050
• One owner from new
• Believed approximately 11,000 miles from new
• Rare model from the later Meriden production

After the disruption and turmoil of the Meriden sit-in by the Triumph workforce, the co-operative company which emerged from the chaos was still faced with the same problems, an ageing product line and limited resources to re-invest in new designs for the future. After a period of consolidation, the Workers' Co-operative started to revamp the range in 1980. The electric start was introduced, as was the Executive model. Then, late in 1980, they announced the Tiger Trail TR7T in semi off-road trim with single carb 750 engine in the standard frame, fitted with lightweight cycle parts and a tucked-in exhaust system. Although it was used competitively with modest success, the TR7T was dropped from the range in 1982, and it is believed less than 200 were built.

OAU 549W was purchased new by the vendor's late husband from Wilemans Motors in Derby, availing himself of the 24 month extended warranty. Consequently it was serviced by Wilemans until 1983 as evidenced by the stamps in the accompanying service booklet. The machine still has its original bill of sale, showing that it cost a total of £1849, and the owner part-exchanged a T140E against it. He used it every year thereafter, but only in the summer months, to commute to work quite often. Following his retirement in 2000 it was used only for the occasional pleasure ride. The stamped services in the accompanying book show that the bike had covered 7,487 miles by June 1983. At some point shortly thereafter the speedometer malfunctioned and was changed. The replacement speedometer now shows a reading of 2,566, and it is believed that the total mileage is in the region of 11,000, although this cannot be definitely confirmed. However, checking of the MoT records for the vehicle shows that the total mileage covered since 2005 amounts to less than 1,400.

At some point the deceased owner evidently replaced the exhaust system with the present one. However, some exhaust parts are included with the machine and it is thought that the original exhaust pipes, but not the silencer, may be amongst them.

Documentation comprises a current V5C, together with the aforementioned bill of sale, and original service/ warranty booklet. Only modest recommissioning and basic safety checks should be required as the Tiger was last started in 2016, but has not been used since. An excellent opportunity to acquire an example of this ultra-scarce model which is rarely available for sale.

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