Lot 159 - 1972 13048 TR6 Triumph Weslake
|Odometer reading||4,695 miles|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £12,000|
The Rickman brothers made their place in history in the 1960s by producing beautiful, strong, lightweight frames for a variety of British powerplants, initially for scramblers and then for road racing. Rickman initially supplied frame kits as none of the major British motorcycle manufacturers would sell engines to them, they built many different engines including Triumph twins, BSA singles and Matchless however in the mid-1960s Rickman also produced road-racing frames for AJS 7R singles and in the 1970s they began selling chassis kits for Japanese bikes like the Honda CB750 and Kawasaki Z1. Notably the road bikes were the first to use disc brakes both front and rear.
Weslake was a cylinder head specialist who had been instrumental in modifying the side valve standard engine. In 1966 Dan Gurney commissioned Weslake Engineering to build a three litre V12, Formula One engine, Gurney won the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch and the 1967 Belgian Grand Prix with the Eagle-Weslake V12 engine and in addition to three further Jaguar Le Mans victories in the 1950s. Harry Weslake and his company provided the Gurney-Weslake cylinder heads for the engines that powered the Gulf Ford GT40 Mk.I's to two consecutive wins at Le Mans in 1968 and 1969. Weslake Engineering also then went on to design a series of successful motorcycle engines during the 1970s that were also used in early karts.
This 1972 Rickman TR6 Triumph Weslake was subject to a documented restoration in 2003 and indeed has receipts and bills dating right back to its original build in 1973 from Rickman Matisse. Acquired by its current owner in 2008, it has since been dry stored as part of a static collection and to this date has covered only 4,695 miles. Boasting Dunstall Disc brakes (with original bill from Dunstall in 1973), Boyer ignition, Borrani wire wheels and importantly a Weslake top end, barrels and head, this splendid example is presented in excellent order throughout.
Offered with current V5 registration certificate, a large catalogue of history and a dating certificate from The Society of Automotive Historians in Britain and a credit to the vendor.
Previous lotLot 158 - 1991 12983 500 by Neville Evans
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