Property of a deceased's estate, c.1956 Triumph 499cc Trophy Frame no. 70740 Engine no. TR5 27439

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Lot 409
Property of a deceased's estate, c.1956 Triumph 499cc Trophy
Registration no. WCV 914 Frame no. 70740 Engine no. TR5 27439

Sold for £ 5,980 (US$ 6,601) inc. premium
Property of a deceased's estate
c.1956 Triumph 499cc Trophy
Registration no. WCV 914
Frame no. 70740
Engine no. TR5 27439
From the time of its introduction in 1948 the Triumph Trophy was established as a true all-rounder: a machine that could be ridden to work during the week and then, with extraneous components removed, competed on at weekends in its owner's chosen branch of motorcycle sport. Although catalogued primarily as a trials machine, its true forte was scrambles and the ISDT, events in which the power of the tuneable Triumph twin worked to its advantage and its weight was less of a handicap. The arrival of a new swinging-arm frame for 1955 finally put paid to the Trophy's pretensions as a one-day trials mount, for although the rear suspension enhanced traction and improved the handling, the lengthened wheelbase and increased weight rendered it un-competitive. Nevertheless, the TR5 remained an extremely competent and stylish roadster until the end of production in 1958.

The Trophy offered here consists of a frame dating from 1955/1956 and an engine manufactured in 1952. Purchased by its late owner in October 2012, the previous keeper being listed on the V5C as Albert Taylor of Plymouth, the Triumph appears to have spent most of its life in the West Country. Not used for some months and seemingly in good condition, it will require re-commissioning and the customary safety checks before returning to the road.

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Property of a deceased's estate, c.1956 Triumph 499cc Trophy Frame no. 70740 Engine no. TR5 27439
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