Bonhams : 1953 Triumph 499cc Trophy Frame no. 45638 Engine no. TR5 45638
1953 Triumph 499cc Trophy Frame no. 45638 Engine no. TR5 45638

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Lot 324
1953 Triumph 499cc Trophy
Registration no. YSU 293 Frame no. 45638 Engine no. TR5 45638

Sold for £ 8,280 (US$ 10,675) inc. premium
1953 Triumph 499cc Trophy
Registration no. YSU 293
Frame no. 45638
Engine no. TR5 45638
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.

Imported from the USA, this example was purchased by Bob Gardiner from Bol d'Or Motorcycles in March 1989 (receipt on file). Bob immediately commenced a restoration to original specification, as evidenced by numerous invoices and copious correspondence on file. 'YSU 293' carries a tax disc that expired on 28th February 2006, and it is almost certain that it has not been used since then. Accompanying documentation includes a quantity of MoTs (most recent expired March 2005); Certificate of Authenticity; VMCC dating letter; a V5C Registration Certificate; and a book of photographs showing the machine before and immediately after restoration.

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1953 Triumph 499cc Trophy Frame no. 45638 Engine no. TR5 45638
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