Lot 275 - 1966 Triumph 3TA Dutch Army Motorcycle
|Estimate||£1,000 - £2,000|
|Result||Sold - £1,680|
The Triumph Twenty One (also known as the 3TA) was the first of the Triumph unit construction twin cylinder motorcycles, rebranded as the Triumph 3TA in 1959 it continued in production until 1966 when it was survived by the Triumph T90.
Launched in 1957 the Model Twenty One was the first of the Triumph unit construction twin cylinder motorcycles from the Meriden factory. With a capacity of 349cc, the engine was a classic Edward Turner design with a 360 degree crankshaft, twin gear driven camshafts and twin plunger oil pump. In 1959, the Twenty One was rebranded the Triumph 3TA the 'A' designation was a reference to the fact that both motorcycles were fitted with an alternator as standard. The original versions of both the 350cc and 500cc models had the fully enclosed rear end which was fashionable in the late 1950s It was not popular with American customers where the extra weather protection was less important however, and it got called the 'bathtub'.
One of the last versions of this 1966 Dutch Army Triumph 3TA 'Twenty One' is apparently now on display at the Marshall Museum, Netherlands but you need not travel all the way to the Overloon war museum as we have a great example available here. This 1966 3TA 350cc was made for the Dutch Army and as such is painted in matt green with the national flag endorsing the front, these bikes are very rarely listed in Triumph books so most people do not even know of their existence with a batch of just around 900 ever sold. This 3TA is described as running well and is fitted with Zenith carb, wide ratio gearbox and heavy duty forks so is an ideal trial machine. Unfortunately there are no documents with this bike due to its rarity and a new engine but a very rare piece of motoring history nonetheless.
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