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Lot 319: 1973 Triumph 490cc T100R Daytona T100R Daytona

Sale of Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams & Butterfields (12 November 2005)

Competition success in the USA prompted Triumph to adopt the ‘Daytona Tiger’ name for their top-of-the range sports 500 in 1966, Buddy Elmore having won that year’s prestigious Daytona 200 race on a works twin, a feat Gary Nixon repeated the following year on his way to the first of back-to-back AMA titles. With the re-launch of the BSA-Triumph range in November 1970, by which time it had gained the 650’s excellent twin-leading-shoe front brake, the ‘Tiger’ part of the name was dropped and the Daytona’s model designation changed to ‘T100R’. However, within two years the entire BSA/Triumph Group was in severe financial difficulty and the proposed closure of Triumph’s Meriden factory led to a workers’ occupation of the plant in September 1973. When the plant eventually reopened, the two 500cc models in production immediately prior to the shutdown – the T100R Daytona and the TR5T Trophy Trail – were not revived.

This substantially original example of the Daytona dates from the very last year that Triumph produced this popular 500cc, twin -cylinder, twin-carburettor sports bike. A truly collectible classic motorcycle, last of the lineage.

Lot Details
Auction Sale of Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams & Butterfields, Petersen Museum, Los Angeles, CA
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number319
Estimate$2500-$3000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$3000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$3450
Year1973
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Engine number40655
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