Triumph Motorcycles

1962 Triumph 5TA

1962 Triumph 5TA
Estimate: (£) 2,500 - 3,500

Reg Number: MAS 675
Frame Number: 5TA/H24642
Engine Number: 5TA/H24642
Body Colour: Red
Cc: 500
MOT ExpiryDate: None
The Twenty-one, or 3TA, introduced in 1957, marked a significant step in the evolution of the Triumph twin, bringing unit construction to the range. The new engine followed established Triumph design practises except for the use of a distributor mounted on top of the crankcases behind the cylinders. Although the use of unit construction was of greater significance in the long term, it was the model's styling that created the most interest at the time of its release. The machine was equipped with a fully valanced front mudguard complimented by a rear enclosure that was quickly dubbed the "bathtub". The new 350cc was rapidly followed by a 500cc version at the end of 1958, typed the 5TA, which replaced the pre-unit 5T Speed Twin and continued the name. The new machine shared the 350cc version's 65.5 mm stroke but adopted a bore of 69mm to give a capacity 490cc, in virtually all other respects, other than colour, the new Speed Twin was the same as its smaller brother resulting in a compact easy handling tourer with good performance that quickly found favour.

The example offered, dating form 1962, was restored during 2000, subsequently seeing limited use until it was placed on SORN in 2008. Described as being in "good overall condition mechanically" with "excellent paint and brightwork", it is offered with a Swansea V5C and a small amount of associated paperwork.

The Pavilion Gardens: 08/06/2011 Motorcycle Auction
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