Lot 475: 1929 Triumph 494cc Model N De Luxe
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 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 more refined derivatives - Models N, Q and QA among them - and lost penny-pinching features such as guide-less valves and bicycle-derived front brake. Restored in 1982 and presented in trials trim, this Model N comes with full details of the rebuild including photographs and invoices, copy parts list and workshop manual, VMCC dating certificate and its original logbook. Correspondence (dated 1981) between Classic Bike magazine’s Ken Hallworth and previous owner J E A Barclay also is included. The vendor advises us that a Swansea V53C has been applied for. (This machine was previously registered ‘VF 4959’).
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
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