From a private Southeastern collection,1959 Triumph T100 Tiger Frame no. T110 78617 Engine no. 21687

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From a private Southeastern collection,1959 Triumph T100 Tiger
Frame no. T110 78617 Engine no. 21687

Sold for US$ 3,680 inc. premium
From a private Southeastern collection
1959 Triumph T100 Tiger
Frame no. T110 78617
Engine no. 21687
While Triumph's Tiger 100 was the firm's performance flagship model from 1939, with tuned versions setting lap records at Brooklands and even winning the Manx Grand Prix in 1946, by the 1950s it was clear that America wanted a bigger, badder Tiger. Whether for roadracing, desert racing or street contests, Triumph's number-one export market demanded more performance, so the factory responded by hotting up their 650cc Thunderbird. Introduced for 1954 as the Tiger 110, the new bike had a stronger crankshaft, larger intake valves, bigger carburetor and higher-compression pistons, followed in '56 by an alloy top end and an even higher compression ratio, meaning the Tiger 650 lived up to the model name's sporting image, and then some. Nicknamed the 'Ton-Ten' a crisply tuned Tiger could indeed break the 100-mph barrier.

This 1959 T110 has strayed a bit from stock specification. At some point the frame was painted maroon, likewise the chainguard, brake pedal and front fender stays. The fuel tank appears to be a TR5 type with flip-up filler cap, while the exhaust is a 2-into-1 mid-rise setup exiting on the left side. Most sporting riders of the time disliked the stock headlight nacelle and, as here, replaced the sheetmetal assembly with a more traditional headlight shell.

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  • Please note that the frame and engine numbers for this bike are 021687 and T11078617 respectively.
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From a private Southeastern collection,1959 Triumph T100 Tiger Frame no. T110 78617 Engine no. 21687
From a private Southeastern collection,1959 Triumph T100 Tiger Frame no. T110 78617 Engine no. 21687
From a private Southeastern collection,1959 Triumph T100 Tiger Frame no. T110 78617 Engine no. 21687
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