Lot 344 - 1973 Triumph TR5T I.S.D.T
|Odometer reading||985 miles|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £11,200|
The 1973 International Six Day Trial (ISDT) was originally intended to be a reliability event with the motorcycles running for six days with repairs only carried out by the rider with tools he carried. This made a great deal of sense back before World War I as roads were in pretty rough shape. After the end of World War II, the event had been altered to fit a more modern format with the course being run mostly on dirt roads and trails with a bit of pavement in order to keep everybody honest as to lights and braking and many manufacturers took winning deadly seriously.
Early on in their production, 12 rather special Trophy Trails were constructed, six for US riders selected by Triumph and the remaining six for Britain's Trophy and Vase team members. Prep-work for all 12 took place in Baltimore and it soon became apparent that it had it had been a very thorough job. They were still recognisable TR5T models but the front forks were now Italian Bator units with quick-release Rickman conical hubs. Lightness was achieved by employing the rolling chassis of the oil-in-frame BSA B50 Victor MX single mated to the single-carburettor 5TA Speed Twin engine-gear unit. Electrics were simplified with battery-less coils and direct lighting with all equipment held under a Velcro tarpaulin triangle within the frame and complete with three coils. Beautifully restored, technically accurate and with the striking, polished aluminium tank and yellow paintwork, this is one of the last remaining US competition I.S.D.T bikes and a real collector's item.
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.