Lot 201 - 1937 Triumph Tiger 80
|Odometer reading||2,735 miles|
|Estimate||£6,500 - £9,500|
Triumph had been losing money during the great depression of the 1930s and decided to concentrate on car production. However, Ariel Motorcycles managing director, Jack Sangster, had brought Ariel back into the black with the Ariel Square Four and was persuaded by its designer, Edward Turner, to take over Triumph. In 1935, Sangster appointed Turner to run the Triumph motorcycle division. Edward Turner then designed a new range of lightweight single cylinder motorcycles which were marketed as the Tiger 70, 80, and 90 with the model number representing the top speed and they sold well and enabling the company to break even in the first year and making a good profit the next thus re-establishing Triumph. The company went on to become one of Britain's most successful motorcycle firms. The Triumph works was sadly destroyed by German bombers on the night of the 14th November 1940 - along with much of the city of Coventry, bringing production of the Tiger 80 to an end.
On offer is DKC237, a 1937 Triumph Tiger 80 fitted with the original 350cc, single cylinder engine. This motorcycle was subject to a complete restoration to a very high standard many years ago and, according to the vendor, rides as if the restoration as just been completed. The frame is finished in black with matching mudguards and fitted with the correct distinctive chrome petrol tank. Supplied with this motorcycle is the V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate expiring in August 2012. This is a very rare opportunity to purchase a pre-war motorcycle from one of the most iconic manufactures in the world.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.