From a private Southeastern collection,1950 Triumph TR5 Trophy Engine no. TR5 1777NA

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From a private Southeastern collection,1950 Triumph TR5 Trophy
Engine no. TR5 1777NA

Sold for US$ 9,200 inc. premium
From a private Southeastern collection
1950 Triumph TR5 Trophy
Engine no. TR5 1777NA
Introduced in 1949, Triumph's TR5 Trophy was a street-legal twin-cylinder 500cc trail bike named in honor of three factory specials built for the 1948 International Six Days Trial, all of which won gold medals for the British team. Because light weight was a priority for the TR5's intended trials, scrambles and ISDT competition, alloy cylinders and head were specified for cooler running.

A pioneer in what we know today as the dual-sport category, the TR5 was a true all-rounder, a machine that could be ridden to work during the week, 'green-laned' on weekends or – extraneous components removed – entered in off-road events with a good chance of finishing well.

This TR5, built on 13th Dec 1950 and dispatched to Tri-Cor on 27th Dec 1950, has been tailored more for street riding over the years, more for street riding, first with the Triumph's optional 'sprung hub', endowing the rigid frame with a small measure of rear wheel travel, then with painted steel fenders in place of the stock alloy blades. Down pipes with shorty megaphones replace the original siamesed 2-into-1 high-rise exhaust, and for a little period bling the oil tank was chrome-plated.

Starting with this TR5 and running sporadically through the sale are 20 motorcycles, part of a private Southeastern collection put together over two decades by a former road racer and longtime Britbike aficionado. Virtually every machine has had its powerplant gone through with parts replaced as needed, and all were in running condition when placed in storage 10-12 years ago. As such, each will require a safety check and light recommissioning before being fully road ready.

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  • Please note that this bike is titled under its engine number.
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From a private Southeastern collection,1950 Triumph TR5 Trophy Engine no. TR5 1777NA
From a private Southeastern collection,1950 Triumph TR5 Trophy Engine no. TR5 1777NA
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