1960 Triumph 650cc Thunderbird Police Motorcycle Frame no. 5687 Engine no. 6T D5687W

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Lot 209
1960 Triumph 650cc Thunderbird Police Motorcycle
Registration no. 751 ALD Frame no. 5687 Engine no. 6T D5687W

Sold for £ 5,175 (US$ 6,677) inc. premium
1960 Triumph 650cc Thunderbird Police Motorcycle
Registration no. 751 ALD
Frame no. 5687
Engine no. 6T D5687W
Triumph Thunderbirds were introduced to the Metropolitan Police Traffic Patrol Fleet in early 1960. Number '2064 T', offered here, was one of the first two issued to DT6 at Hendon in March 1960 as a non-radio-equipped model. This actual machine was first used by a young PC, Bert Oxford, on duty at the Hampstead Heath Easter Fair in North London. In 1961 the Thunderbird was taken out of service on several occasions for use as a demonstration exhibit in the newly formed Roadcraft Exhibition. Eventually, in late 1962, it was withdrawn for permanent use in the Exhibition.

'751 ALD' remained on this duty as part of the Motorcyclists' Reaction Tester, travelling all over London until replaced by a newer model in 1973. Its show business career was not yet over, as it was kept for use as a static exhibit at local shows and police station open days, etc. In 1982 the Thunderbird was purchased by Bert Oxford on his retirement. It was kept in a well-greased state until mid-1992 when a complete 'last nut and bolt' restoration was started. The rebuild was finished in 1993 but the Triumph was never ridden again. Sadly, Bert died of cancer late in 2008 and the machine was acquired for the Museum in December of that year. Offered with sundry bills and a V5C.

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1960 Triumph 650cc Thunderbird Police Motorcycle Frame no. 5687 Engine no. 6T D5687W
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