1955 Triumph Tiger T110 Frame no. 69676 Engine no. T110 69676

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Lot 133
1955 Triumph Tiger T110

Frame no. 69676
Engine no. T110 69676

US$ 17,000 - 20,000
£ 12,000 - 15,000
1955 Triumph Tiger T110

Frame no. 69676
Engine no. T110 69676

While Triumph's Tiger 100 was the firm's flagship model from 1939, and tuned versions had set the fastest-ever lap record at Brooklands (118mph, which stands for all time) and even won the Manx Grand Prix in 1946, by the 1950s it was clear that America wanted a bigger, badder Tiger. Roadracing, desert racing, and street racing all demanded more speed from Triumph's number-one export customer, and the factory responded by hotting up their 650cc Thunderbird, introduced in 1953 as the Tiger 110. A stronger crankshaft, larger inlet valves and higher-compression pistons meant the new Tiger could live up to its name, and more. By 1958, a T110 with an experimental twin-carb cylinder head flew to 147mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats, which led to a new name for the model, the Bonneville.

In the second half of the 1950s, though, the T110 was the fastest production motorcycle one could buy new (Vincent having shut its doors in '55), and it was Tigers under all those café-racer lads in their black leather jackets and zip-back boots. Edward Turner had styled the swingarm Triumph beautifully, and it remains an eminently desirable machine today.

This 1955 Triumph Tiger 110, engine/frame number 69676, is a total frame-off restoration, equipped with UK-model low handlebars and flared front fender, the better for keeping English road grime at bay. That fender is a rare NOS item that provided the correct Shell Blue color-match for the rest of the bodywork. Freshly completed, the T110 remains unridden.
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1955 Triumph Tiger T110 Frame no. 69676 Engine no. T110 69676
1955 Triumph Tiger T110 Frame no. 69676 Engine no. T110 69676
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