1948 Triumph T100 Tiger Frame no. TF23849

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Lot 142
1948 Triumph T100 Tiger
Frame no. TF23849

US$ 16,000 - 19,000
£ 12,000 - 14,000
Amended
1948 Triumph T100 Tiger
Frame no. TF23849
No surprise that American riders preferred the T100 version of Triumph's 500 twin from its introduction in 1939. With its ported and polished engine internals, higher compression ratio, forged pistons and 1in. Amal carburetor, the T100 Tiger pumped out an additional 8bhp compared to Speed Twin – and on a good day, maybe with a slight trailing wind, was capable of the 100mph its model designation promised.

After a production hiatus during WWII, the T100 returned in 1946, now with a telescopic fork that featured two-way hydraulic damping. For postwar American riders, many of whom were accustomed to hulking big V twins, the nimble Triumph 500s were a revelation, as related in the book, Triumph Motorcycles in America: "New riders without allegiance to Harley or Indian who test rode a Speed Twin or Tiger 100 were often sold the first time they heeled the bike over into a fast turn. To others, the perfectly proportioned, unmistakable 'Triumph look' would virtually sell the machine." Available as an extra-cost option in 1948 was Triumph's rear 'Spring Wheel', a self-contained hub that included the brake drum and internal springing that gave a few inches of rear wheel travel, providing the rider with a measure of defense against potholes.

This matching-numbers, iron-barrel Tiger 100 was restored to a high standard about five years ago by the previous owners, a private Southeastern museum. The current owner has kept the bike unstarted in static display mode, though it should take little effort to bring the Triumph back to full road readiness.

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  • Please note that the engine number for this bike is T1008101098.
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1948 Triumph T100 Tiger Frame no. TF23849
1948 Triumph T100 Tiger Frame no. TF23849
1948 Triumph T100 Tiger Frame no. TF23849
1948 Triumph T100 Tiger Frame no. TF23849
1948 Triumph T100 Tiger Frame no. TF23849
1948 Triumph T100 Tiger Frame no. TF23849
1948 Triumph T100 Tiger Frame no. TF23849
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