23 Triumphs up for Auction in December

Some with no reserve! Two are Tritons, one of which may be questionable, and there are some pricey machines there, but there are a few classic Triumphs that have no reserve and which could be just the thing for the first time classic Triumph buyer. The auction is on the 19th December at the NMM (UK).

The 1938 Speed Twin is immaculate but has a price to match - estimated at between £13,000 and £15,000 it will probably go for more. Instead you may be more interested in a 1953 Speed Twin which still looks great and doesn't have a reserve so it will be sold no matter what.

The other bikes with no reserve are a 1979 T140E with matching numbers, a 1971 T100R with a T100C engine, and a 1967 TR6 with matching numbers.

There are a few 'race' bikes up for auction. There is a wonderful 1955 Triton 650 with a Thunderbird engine but with a wonderful price from £16,000 to £18,000. Then there is a 1961 Manx Triton which is going for more (£17,000 to £19,000) but the listed engine number doesn't match what is stamped on the block (which itself isn't a valid Triumph engine number) or what it is described as, and the catalogue states a 500cc 6T - even with a 6T bottom end and a 500cc top end the engine number block looks like it's been ground down and re-stamped (it has since been changed but still doesn't match and is still not correct). Then there is a 1972 T120V track bike with unorthodox fairings that has been pitched at £7,000 to £9,000 which might struggle - but it does have matching numbers.

Of the mid-price-range Triumphs on offer, there is a tidy 1959 Cub estimated at £2,500 to £3,500. A weird 1954ish Cafe Racer Thunderbird estimated at £2,500 to £4,000 might make a good start for a restoration. A 'special' 1958 T110/6T might also be good for an easy restoration. There is a 1988 Harris Bonneville up for £4,000 to £6,000. Also worth mentioning are the 1977 UK Silver Jubilee machine for £6,750 to £7,500, and a 1911 3 1/2 hp Roadster which was owned by Joe Ryan but has no registration (£7,000 to £9,000) along with a 1913 version of the same machine (£4,000 to £6,000).

The National Motorcycle Museum is having to sell some duplicate machines to make up the money lost during the COVID-19 crisis. You could have a 1937 6S De Luxe for £6,000 to £8,000, or a 1940 3HW for £5,000 to £7,000, or a 1967 T35 for £3,000 to £5,000, or a 1950 T100 for £5,000 to £7,000, or a 1954 TR5 ISDT for £6,000 to £8,000, or a 1959 T100 for £5,000 to £7,000, or a 1969 T100T for £5,000 to £7,000, or a 1921 LW Junior for only £3,000 to £5,000.

Viewing is from 14th to 18th December - 9am to 5pm.