Classic Triumph fans, feast your eyes on this. It’s a nicely restored 1957 Tiger T110, and it’s just waiting in Connecticut for someone to win this auction and take it home. As you can see (and hear) in the video, it runs quite nicely.
The seller got their hands on it in 2015. Before that, it was refurbished by the previous owner—a North Carolina-based collector—sometime in the 1990s. The auction winner gets both this T110 and a clean Virginia title.
1957 marked the first year that Triumph introduced those particular chrome badges to all bikes it produced. According to Ian Falloon’s The Complete Book of Classic and Modern Triumph Motorcycles 1937-Today, it also marks the first year that Triumph executed the handful-of-models, endless variants strategy that we’ve all come to know and love over time.
Back to this T110, which is powered by a 649cc parallel twin mated to a four-speed, right-hand shift gearbox. It has wire-spoke wheels wearing Avon Speedmaster rubber, with a puncture repair in the front tube that the seller mentions. Drum brakes stop you all around, and 1957 was also the first year that Triumph sent out all T110s and T100s with its Easy-Lift center stand from the factory. As a result, this example has both a side and a center stand, as befits its vintage.
Gallery: 1957 Triumph Tiger T110
The odometer currently shows under 50 miles, and approximately five of those were ridden by the seller—but the total mileage is unknown. 1957 was also the first year that Triumph shifted away from external oil pipes on the T110 and T100, tidying up the design both mechanically and aesthetically.
This auction ends on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, and bidding is up to $5,000 at the time of writing. Whether you have fond memories of this model, or you’re simply into historic Triumphs, this is definitely a shining example of the marque’s iconic history.