1936 Triumph 550cc Model 5/1 Project
Registration no. CYF 459
Frame no. S4639
Engine no. 1.56.3481
Just as he had done at Ariel in the 1920s, Val Page transformed his employer's ageing range on his arrival at Triumph as Chief Designer in 1932. The new line-up comprised overhead-valve and sidevalve singles in capacities ranging from 250cc to 500cc, plus the range-topping 650cc 6/1 sidecar tug. Endowed with distinctive timing covers for the magneto gear drive - a feature Page would employ at BSA later in the decade - the engines were simple yet robust in construction and amenable to a fair degree of tuning in the case of the overhead-valve units. Suitably embellished with extra chromium plating, the latter formed the basis for Edward Turner's even more stylish Tiger models from 1936 onwards.
Offered here is an example of the Page-designed Triumph 5/1, a 550cc sidevalve model intended for sidecar-pulling duties and catalogued for only three years (1934 to 1936), making it relatively rare. Apparently substantially complete, it is an eminently suitable candidate for sympathetic restoration. Sold strictly as viewed, the machine is offered with a V5C Registration Certificate and an old-style RF.60 logbook issued in 1956.
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All lots are sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.
The engine number is: 1.S6.3481. Whilst the motorcycle is substantially complete, it appears to be missing its headlamp, battery, stand and toolbox.