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Lot 458: 1927 Triumph 494cc Model P

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 October 2005)

A landmark machine in the development of the motorcycle in Britain, Triumph’s Model P debuted at the 1924 Motor Cycle Show. A no-frills sidevalve-engined model, the newcomer was priced at £42 17s 6d, at which level it undercut every other 500cc machine then on sale in the UK. Production was soon running at an astonishing 1,000 machines per week, the Model P’s outstanding success undoubtedly hastening the demise of many a minor manufacturer. Production continued until the decade’s end, by which time the Model P had spawned a plethora of derivatives and lost penny-pinching features such as guide-less valves and bicycle-type front brake. The vendor acquired this example circa 15 years ago, intending to use it for vintage rallies when he eventually gave up motorcycle racing. In the event, this idea was not proceeded with and the machine has remained in storage. Not used during this ownership, it is offered with Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number458
Estimate£1500-£2000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£1700
Hammer Price (inc premium)£1955
Year1927
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Engine number237187
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