Offered from the National Motorcycle Museum Collection, 1951 Triumph 649cc 6T Thunderbird Frame no. 15758NA Engine no. 6T 15758NA

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Lot 219
Offered from the National Motorcycle Museum Collection, 1951 Triumph 649cc 6T Thunderbird
Registration no. JUK 186 Frame no. 15758NA Engine no. 6T 15758NA

Sold for £ 17,250 (US$ 23,664) inc. premium
Offered from the National Motorcycle Museum Collection
1951 Triumph 649cc 6T Thunderbird
Registration no. JUK 186
Frame no. 15758NA
Engine no. 6T 15758NA
Always a step ahead of their rivals, Triumph followed up the trend-setting Speed Twin 500 of pre-war days by being first in the field with a 650cc parallel twin. Announced in September 1949, the 650 Thunderbird was Triumph's response to demands for more power emanating from American racers and British sidecarists alike. A spectacular launch stunt saw three Thunderbirds lap the banked Montlhéry circuit in France at over 90mph for 500 miles, after which they each achieved a flying lap of 100mph-plus and were ridden back to the Meriden factory, a quite outstanding achievement. A 1952 model first registered in December 1951, this sprung hub-equipped example was purchased for the Museum in November 2003 and restored by them, as commemorated by the attached silver plaque. The machine's mechanical condition is not known; accordingly, prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves with regard to its condition, completeness, correctness, or otherwise prior to bidding. Offered with an old-style V5C document.

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Offered from the National Motorcycle Museum Collection, 1951 Triumph 649cc 6T Thunderbird Frame no. 15758NA Engine no. 6T 15758NA
Offered from the National Motorcycle Museum Collection, 1951 Triumph 649cc 6T Thunderbird Frame no. 15758NA Engine no. 6T 15758NA
Offered from the National Motorcycle Museum Collection, 1951 Triumph 649cc 6T Thunderbird Frame no. 15758NA Engine no. 6T 15758NA
Offered from the National Motorcycle Museum Collection, 1951 Triumph 649cc 6T Thunderbird Frame no. 15758NA Engine no. 6T 15758NA
Offered from the National Motorcycle Museum Collection, 1951 Triumph 649cc 6T Thunderbird Frame no. 15758NA Engine no. 6T 15758NA
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