Lot 1900


1918 Triumph 550cc Model H - dry stored between 1926 and 2013!
Reg. no. BF 6591
Frame no. 282434
Engine no. 54250
Approximately 57,000 Model H Triumphs were made between 1915 and 1923 and it was developed to fill a need as a despatch rider bike replacing horses at the front during WWI. After the war, the bike didn\'t have enough speed for racing, which was one of the principle markets for motorcycles at the time, resulting in Triumph building a new model and the Model H was phased out. This is truly charming \'oily rag\' example that was built in February 1918 for the War Department and it was then sold in 1919 to Nathaniel Carter. In 1926 he put it in a dry barn where it stood until his daughter gave it to her nephew in 2013. Although it has stood for all those years it is in remarkably sound condition. The leather seat has perished, but all the metalwork is good. It even retained its original pump on two spigots on the front forks. The magneto gives a spark even though it and the spark plug are nearly 100 years old! Unfortunately the valve lifter cable is broken. The owner has a dating certificate from the \'Society of Automotive Historians\' in Britain and photocopies of an old logbook and details of the number transfer, in addition to a V5c.

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