1928 Triumph 500 Nuremberg Frame no. 881908 Engine no. 1610014

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Lot 129
1928 Triumph 500 Nuremberg
Frame no. 881908 Engine no. 1610014

US$ 27,000 - 30,000
£ 20,000 - 22,000
Amended
1928 Triumph 500 Nuremberg
Frame no. 881908
Engine no. 1610014
One thinks of Triumphs as the quintessential British motorcycle, but the firm was actually founded by a German. Seigfried Bettmann immigrated to Coventry in 1884 and began manufacturing bicycles in both England and Germany. Shortly after the turn of the century, he turned his attention to motorcycles and these were also made in both countries. To avoid confusion between the two Triumph companies, the German bikes were ultimately named TWN (Triumph Werkes Nurnberg). With the advent of the Great Depression, Triumph, now in both the motorcycle and car business, spun off the German subsidiary. It became part of Adler-Triumph, another auto and motorcycle maker. The TWN motorcycle marque lived on until 1957.

The wares of the two motorcycle companies were similar, but began to diverge near the time of the sale. This example is a product of the Nuremberg factory. It is a 500cc single, was restored in Germany in 2005 and anything out of order was freshened this year. This is one fantastic looking vintage machine with its silver and black paint offset by gold pin striping. Period touches include girder forks, a hand shift, an industry-leading saddle tank and the German-sourced headlight. Pride of ownership will include most likely not seeing another in a lifetime.

Saleroom notices

  • The title for this lot is in transit. This motorcycle is a c.1934 Triumph Kongress with 350cc M.A.G. engine.
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1928 Triumph 500 Nuremberg Frame no. 881908 Engine no. 1610014
1928 Triumph 500 Nuremberg Frame no. 881908 Engine no. 1610014
1928 Triumph 500 Nuremberg Frame no. 881908 Engine no. 1610014
1928 Triumph 500 Nuremberg Frame no. 881908 Engine no. 1610014
1928 Triumph 500 Nuremberg Frame no. 881908 Engine no. 1610014
1928 Triumph 500 Nuremberg Frame no. 881908 Engine no. 1610014
1928 Triumph 500 Nuremberg Frame no. 881908 Engine no. 1610014
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