1963 Triumph 649cc TR6 SS Trophy Frame no. DU4788 Engine no. DU4788

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Lot 430
1963 Triumph 649cc TR6 SS Trophy
Registration no. APB 297A Frame no. DU4788 Engine no. DU4788

Sold for £ 9,200 (US$ 12,007) inc. premium
1963 Triumph 649cc TR6 SS Trophy
Registration no. APB 297A
Frame no. DU4788
Engine no. DU4788
• First-year unitary construction TR6 SS
• An older restoration
• Beautifully presented

Success in the International Six Days' Trial (ISDT) in the late 1940s prompted Triumph to adopt the 'Trophy' name for their off-road-styled twins, at first for the 500cc TR5 and then for the 650cc TR6. Introduced for 1956, the 650cc Trophy featured the new aluminium-alloy cylinder head of the Tiger 110 sportster. Its off-road pretensions were more style than substance though, amounting to little more than the fitting of a smaller fuel tank, quickly detachable headlamp and larger-section rear tyre. The Trophy retained its sporting character but became more of a roadster as time passed, ending up, in effect, as a single-carburettor T120 Bonneville when re-introduced, after a five-month absence from the range, in February 1961. More tractable than the Bonnie and more economical too, the Trophy gave little away in terms of outright performance, the bike's standing quarter-mile time and top speed being within a whisker of its twin-carb sibling's. For 1962, the final year of the traditional 'pre-unit' Triumph twins, the Trophy was designated 'TR6 SS'. That same year a TR6 SS was ridden by Bud Ekins in the ISDT in West Germany, enabling the great American rider to win his first Gold Medal in the event. The 'TR6 SS' designation was continued when Triumph's new unitary construction 650s were announced in October 1962 for the 1963 model year.

A landmark model dating from the first year of the unitary construction 650s, this TR6 SS had already been restored when it was purchased by the current vendor in 2014 from Triumph specialists, Ace Classics London, who were selling it on behalf of the previous keeper, its owner since 2011. There are numerous bills on file relating to the restoration and 'APB 297A' also comes with a V5C Registration Certificate, Triumph Certificate of Authenticity, and a substantial quantity of old tax discs and MoTs (most recent expired 2015). Last run in August 2019, this beautifully restored machine is described by the vendor as in 'mint' condition throughout.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number is TR6SSDU4788.
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1963 Triumph 649cc TR6 SS Trophy Frame no. DU4788 Engine no. DU4788
1963 Triumph 649cc TR6 SS Trophy Frame no. DU4788 Engine no. DU4788
1963 Triumph 649cc TR6 SS Trophy Frame no. DU4788 Engine no. DU4788
1963 Triumph 649cc TR6 SS Trophy Frame no. DU4788 Engine no. DU4788
1963 Triumph 649cc TR6 SS Trophy Frame no. DU4788 Engine no. DU4788
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