Triumph Speed Twin Project.
A Triumph 500cc rigid pre unit classic restoration project. The Triumph motorcycle with 1948 rigid back frame, large silver tank with rubber knee pads and a later 500cc Speed Twin engine, possibly 1956. Comes with buff log book but numbers not matching.
A great project for the biking enthusiast.
At the end of World War II demand for transportation was high and civilian production of motorcycles was high. 1946 was Triumph's first post-war model year. The 5T Speed Twin was Triumph's best seller prior to the war and was carried over after the war largely unchanged. Speed Twin sales were helping Triumph's recovery and allowed it to bankroll its success over the next decade.
Triumph are at the heart of the Classic British Motorcycle World, with the hallmark of any classic Triumph being its great performance, exceptional handling & stunning good looks. Triumph motorcycles maintains a rich and colorful history that can be traced back to the late 1880's. Prior to the first Triumph motorcycle being produced at Coventry circa 1902, the company were known for sewing machines and notably their bicycles.
The company was founded by Siegfried Bettmann, who had emigrated from Nuremberg, Germany, in 1893. Originally an import company who then sold bicycles under its own name.
In 1886 another native of Nuremberg, Moritz Schulte, joined Bettmann as a partner. Schulte encouraged Bettmann to transform Triumph into a manufacturing company, and thus began producing the first Triumph-branded bicycles in 1889. Triumph decided to extend production at Coventry to include motorcycles with the early Triumph motorcycles essentially bicycle frames fitted with single-cylinder engines. During the first few years the company based its motorcycles on those of other manufacturers, but in 1904 Triumph began building from their own designs, and in 1905 saw the first entirely in-house designed 'Triumph motorcycle'.
The beginning of the First World War was a boost for Triumph as production was switched to provide for the Allied war effort, this too happened again in the Second World War. In WWII bombing destroyed the Coventry factory but two years later production began again in Meriden, England, in a new factory (production of Triumphs continued on this site until 1983).
Along with the 'Speed Twin' and 'Triumph Tiger' their most well-known and best-selling motorcycle was the Bonneville. The Bonneville arrived at a time when motorcycle enthusiasts wanted style as well as power (end of the 1950's). The name Bonneville comes from the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA, and was chosen to celebrate the achievements of Texas-born racer Johnny Allen, and his record-breaking Triumph-powered Cee-Gar streamliner. The name was an inspired piece of marketing and the 'Bonnie' was very popular because its performance more than matched that of its rivals, but more so, because it was a much better looking bike than any of the others at the time.
1963 saw a renewed public interest in the Triumph brand with the release of the film "The Great Escape", in which the actor Steve McQueen rode a Triumph TR6 650 Trophy.
Manfred Schotten Antiques
109 High Street, Burford, Oxfordshire. OX18 4RG, United Kingdom.
Tel: 01993 822 302