1951 Triumph TR5 Trophy cutaway engine

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Lot 252
1951 Triumph TR5 Trophy Cutaway Engine

US$ 15,000 - 20,000
£ 11,000 - 15,000
1951 Triumph TR5 Trophy cutaway engine


Introduced in 1949, Triumph's Trophy 500 was a street-legal trail bike named in honor of three factory specials built for the 1948 International Six Days Trial. In 1951 the Trophy switched from cast-iron cylinders to die-cast. Besides permitting cooler running, the new close-pitch finning made for a particularly handsome motor, which Triumph of course wanted to display at the Earl's Court show.

This particular TR5 show engine passed through the hands of one of America's largest dealers in classic parts, British Only in Detroit, Michigan, until Harris was able to purchase it, in need of the usual clean-up and minor parts replacement. Of interest is the red and silver paint used to highlight the sectioned areas, instead of red and cream as was the custom in cutaway engines.
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