Triumph adopted unitary construction for the 350cc 3TA / Twenty One in 1957 and a year later for the 500cc 5TA / Speed Twin. The unusual ‘Bath Tub’ bodywork that clothed both models was quite controversial at the time but clearly an early attempt at some form of stream lining as well as extra water protection for what was essentially commuter transport. Today the styling still divides opinion however finding an example that retains its original metal bodywork is getting harder as many have been replaced with fibreglass replica units.
This matching number example retains its original ‘tins’ and is a truly genuine example of a one of Triumphs best selling 500cc motorcycles. Finished in Amaranth red it has had a recent recommissioning which has revealed the engine to be in great running order. The overall condition is authentic / original but it appears to be generally corrosion free.
Currently showing 3984 miles it is supplied with some dating correspondence a few old MoT’s and the current UK V5C logbook.