1953 Triumph Tiger T100 Frame no. 35987 Engine no. T100 35987

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Lot 132
Race-kitted
1953 Triumph Tiger T100

Frame no. 35987
Engine no. T100 35987

Sold for US$ 16,100 inc. premium
1953 Triumph Tiger T100

Frame no. 35987
Engine no. T100 35987

While the iconic Triumph Speed Twin debuted in 1938, its faster sibling, named the Tiger 100 for its suggested speed potential, was introduced a year later. With extra flash, using a chromed tank and silver/blue paintwork, the Tiger was the object of lust for a generation of motorcyclists, combining 100mph performance with Edward Turner's legendary ability to style motorcycles for the ages.

The compact 498cc parallel-twin motor fired each cylinder at 360 degrees, giving Triumphs a distinctive burble which could be converted to a warbling roar with the addition of a factory Speed Kit. While Triumph didn't officially support racing, they certainly produced racing motorcycles, and post-war the Grand Prix model was effectively a Tiger 100 with an alloy cylinder barrel and head from Triumph's WWII Royal Air Force generator unit. Hotter camshafts, rearsets, low handlebars, high-compression pistons, racing exhaust, a tachometer and other go-faster parts were added to make a very swift club racer indeed. The Grand Prix was modeled after Ernie Lyons' 1946 Manx GP-winning Tiger 100, but Triumph was reluctant to sell pukka racers. Instead, they redesigned their road-going Tiger 100 with a more refined (and quite beautiful) all-alloy cylinder and head, and offered aspiring racers a Speed Kit for an additional sum. Everything a racer needed was supplied to convert his Tiger for the track, and a 'kitted' Tiger 100 was not only a formidable racer, but keeping the lights on your machine meant you had just about the fastest roadster on the street – one of the first factory café racers, really. With 110mph performance potential and stunning good looks, a Tiger 100 with a race kit is among the most desirable post-war Triumphs of all.

Which is exactly what the builder of this matching-numbers 1953 Tiger 100 has accomplished, a 'privateer Grand Prix', if you will, with Triumph's original and hard-to-find Speed Kit added. No mileage has been accrued since the bike's recent full restoration.
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1953 Triumph Tiger T100 Frame no. 35987 Engine no. T100 35987
1953 Triumph Tiger T100 Frame no. 35987 Engine no. T100 35987
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