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Lot 215: c.1957 Triumph 649cc Tiger 110

The 'British Bikes' Dispersal Sale, Bonhams (21 October 2006)

Every Triumph enthusiasts knows that the Bonneville owes its name to record-breaking successes on the eponymous salt flats, but how many are aware that the machine which set a new 650cc production machine record of over 147mph in 1958 was a Tiger 110 equipped with twin carburettors? A development of the Thunderbird tourer, the T110 prototype performed brilliantly in the 1953 ISDT, thus providing the production version - launched later that year - with invaluable publicity. The first Triumph with swinging-arm rear suspension, the T110 came with a revised engine incorporating a stronger crankshaft, high-compression pistons, larger inlet valves and ‘hotter’ cams. The T110 remained in production into 1961, one of the most important developments along the way being the introduction on this model for 1956 of the aluminium-alloy ‘Delta’ cylinder head, the raised compression ratio of which increased power and pushed the T110’s top speed towards 120mph. Dating from approximately 1957, this Tiger 110 has been fitted with an engine of slightly later – circa 1959 – manufacture. The machine is offered with Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction The 'British Bikes' Dispersal Sale
Bonhams, Stafford
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number215
Estimate£2500-£2800
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£3000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£3450
Year1957
Condition rating0
Registration number943 UKC
Mileage-
Chassis number06508
Engine numberT110 023959
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors