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Gloria motorcycles were produced in 1932 and 1933.
These machines were an economical Triumph model, although the name had already been used on their bicycles (since 1898), sidecars and even on some of their cars.
This very basic motorcycle model had a 98cc Villiers
engine, two-speed Albion gearbox,
open diamond frame and girder forks.
For their final year in 1933, the Gloria model had a 147cc Villiers
engine. Subsequently Triumph sold their own brand of lightweights for that end of the market,
before concentating on their larger singles and twins until after WWII.
One source says that they were manufactured by Triumph from 1932 to 1934, and one of Roy Bacon's books has an image of a Gloria of 1933 vintage.
There is also a mention of the Triumph Gloria for 1924-1925, and Gloria models with Train
engines marketed by Triumph France.
There are also two Italian marques, Intramotor Gloria and Moto Gloria, and a British Gloria sidecar built in the years immediately prior to WWI.
Sources: Graces Guide, Roy Bacon, Henshaw, period literature.
Wed Sep 28 2011
noel kenny<at>bigpond dot com
villiers engine in a gloria
roy bacons british motorcycles 1930, 1940, 1950. page 133 has a picture of a gloria with a v111 c 147cc villiers engine in it
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