1965 Triumph 490cc Tiger T100SR Frame no. T100SRH37228 Engine no. T100SRH37228

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Lot 131
1965 Triumph 490cc Tiger T100SR

Frame no. T100SRH37228
Engine no. T100SRH37228

Sold for US$ 10,925 inc. premium
1965 Triumph 490cc Tiger T100SR

Frame no. T100SRH37228
Engine no. T100SRH37228

It was Triumph's chief designer and managing director Edward Turner's Speed Twin 5T, launched at the 1937 British National Motorcycle Show that started the company's post-WWII climb to prominence. As a 500cc overhead valve vertical twin in a lightweight frame – the whole motorcycle was good looking, too - it proved to be Britain's first successful, and inspirational, twin, a genre that ruled the world in the fifties and sixties. With Triumph's Coventry factory bombed out its postwar recovery, now at Meriden, was largely due the success of the 500 Speed Twin. In 1949 the model received the Turner-designed headlamp nacelle, and this striking feature stayed with the 500 to the demise of the model line. Out of the 5TA grew the more sporting Tiger 100 range using the same 500 unit construction parallel twin. The name implied that the new bike would top 100mph, and indeed it would.

Finished in Burnished Gold with White, this Tiger 100 of 1965 is arguably one of the most handsome Triumphs of its era. Near 40bhp at around 7000rpm, which with a slick 4-speed and well under 400lb wet weight, made it really quite quick and nimble. Various sportier versions came over the years from 1959 but for 1965 there was the T100SR, a street bike, and the T100SC with off-road pretensions. The 1965 T100SR had the 650-type battery and coil ignition. Both on and off-road versions used the "new" frame single downtube and top tube brazed to traditional iron lugs at the swing arm pivot and steering head tube, the rear twin-loop cradle was, however, bolted on. By 1964 it had stronger forks with chromed slider extensions.

This bike has been exactingly restored to its original showroom specification by a most reputable Mid-Western Triumph expert restorer to museum quality.

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  • Please note that this motorcycle is titled with frame number H37228.
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1965 Triumph 490cc Tiger T100SR Frame no. T100SRH37228 Engine no. T100SRH37228
1965 Triumph 490cc Tiger T100SR Frame no. T100SRH37228 Engine no. T100SRH37228
1965 Triumph 490cc Tiger T100SR Frame no. T100SRH37228 Engine no. T100SRH37228
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