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Key Information

Lot number
Sale Price
Make & Model
Triumph T20 Tiger Cub
Engine Size
199 cc
Chassis No.
Engine No.
V5C; copy of older V5C; copy of old V5; Certificate of Authenticity

Full Description

1959 Triumph T20 Tiger Cub

Matching numbers machine; in the current ownership since 1994

Designed by Edward Turner and launched at the 1953 Earls Court Show, the Tiger Cub was intended to blow rival BSA Bantam and Villiers-engined two-stroke offerings into the weeds – a task it accomplished with ease.
Stylish enough to mix it with its bigger brothers and sisters at the café and the chip shop, the buzzy single-cylinder four-stroke turned out 10bhp at 6,000rpm, good enough to propel bike and rider down the bypass at 66mph, and 70mph if the rider got down on the tank. It would also manage more than 90mpg if ridden carefully – an important consideration when petrol was four shillings a gallon and you were lucky if you were paid more than £4 a week.

As the Triumph Certificate of Authenticity shows, this T20 left the Meriden works in October 1959 and was sold new via GBR Motors of Colchester. The numbers on the frame and the engine still match those on the Certificate. Copies of old registration documents show that it has been in Wales since at least 1990, the current lady owner acquiring the bike in 1994.

For more information contact James on 07970 309907 or email