1971 Triumph 490cc T100C (see text) Frame no. RA06417 T100C Engine no. XE06417 T100C

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Lot 226
1971 Triumph 490cc T100C (see text)
Registration no. TBK 109J Frame no. RA06417 T100C Engine no. XE06417 T100C

Sold for £ 3,680 (US$ 4,759) inc. premium
1971 Triumph 490cc T100C (see text)
Registration no. TBK 109J
Frame no. RA06417 T100C
Engine no. XE06417 T100C
Introduced for the 1960 season, the Tiger 100A was the first sports version of Triumph's new unitary construction 500cc twin: the 5TA. A raised compression ratio and 'hotter' cams helped the Tiger to a top speed in the region of 90mph, while the retention of a single carburettor meant that fuel economy did not suffer unduly. The T100A was soon replaced by the T100SS and by the middle of the decade there was also an enduro-styled, 'off-road' alternative: the T100C. Readily distinguishable by its twin upswept exhausts, the single-carburettor T100C was sold at first only in the USA, but from late 1967 became available in the UK alongside the twin-carburettor T100T Daytona. The major change made to the UK-specification T100C was its 12-volt coil ignition, replacing the US version's battery-less energy transfer system.

As one can see, the machine offered here departs significantly from the generally accepted specification for a T100C, in particular the exhaust system and front disc brake. Also, although the frame/engine numbers match, the date prefixes do not; 'XE' indicates December 1970 as the manufacturing date for the engine, but 'R' was never included in BSA-Triumph's date-indicating numbering system (see Triumph Twins & Triples by Roy Bacon, page 182). The fact that 'TBK 109J' was not first registered until January 1997, and according to the accompanying V5 was 'previously registered and/or used prior to date of registration' only serves to cloud the issue still further.

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1971 Triumph 490cc T100C (see text) Frame no. RA06417 T100C Engine no. XE06417 T100C
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