From a private Southeastern collection,1952 Triumph 6T Thunderbird Frame no. 6T18164NA Engine no. 6T27829

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From a private Southeastern collection,1952 Triumph 6T Thunderbird
Frame no. 6T18164NA Engine no. 6T27829

Sold for US$ 6,900 inc. premium
From a private Southeastern collection
1952 Triumph 6T Thunderbird
Frame no. 6T18164NA
Engine no. 6T27829
As the first foreign-built motorcycle model specifically aimed at the American market, it's appropriate that the new-for-1950 6T, enlarged to 650cc to suit U.S. riders' unwavering appetite for speed, should carry the 'Thunderbird' nameplate. The result, perhaps, of exhaustive consumer research into the iconography of the mythical beast American Indians believed to be responsible for controlling the weather? In truth, Triumph boss Edward Turner spied a neon Thunderbird Motel sign in North Carolina while traveling to Daytona Beach for the annual races and was taken by the name!

For a time, the Thunderbird was also the most infamous motorcycle in America, as Marlon Brando's mount in the 1953 biker-gang flick, The Wild One, a role that did not please Triumph brass in the least. A letter was fired off to Hollywood, protesting that the movie "raises a most unfavorable presumption against the sport of motorcycling generally, and is a stigma to anyone who owns or rides a motorbike." Triumph could never have afforded that kind of publicity.

This 1952 T-bird with optional 'sprung' rear hub is correctly equipped with an SU carburetor, replacement for the previous Amal Monobloc, intended to increase fuel mileage. Likewise the rest of the running gear appears to be of stock specification with the exception of gas tank, which wears a simple badge and pinstriping in place of the more ornate 'streamline style' chromed bars originally in place.
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From a private Southeastern collection,1952 Triumph 6T Thunderbird Frame no. 6T18164NA Engine no. 6T27829
From a private Southeastern collection,1952 Triumph 6T Thunderbird Frame no. 6T18164NA Engine no. 6T27829
From a private Southeastern collection,1952 Triumph 6T Thunderbird Frame no. 6T18164NA Engine no. 6T27829
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