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1956 Triumph Thunderbird Matching Numbers Barn Find
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Been stood for nearly 40 years and will need recommissioning

08 Sep, 2014 17:12:35 BST
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Croydon, Surrey, United Kingdom


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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller notes: Been stood for nearly 40 years and will need recommissioning
Year: 1956 Engine Size: 650
Manufacturer: Triumph Gears: Four-speed manual
Model: Thunderbird Start Type: Kick start
Colour: Blue Drive Type: Chain
Date of 1st Registration: 01/01/1956

Here we have a matching umbers 1956 Pre Unit Thunderbird (Engine and Frame number 79500).

She has been stood since the late 1970's and piston now stuck in the barrel.

Looks like she went through an upgrade in the early/mid 1960's and is therefore fitted with twin carbs, rev counter drive, alloy guards, swept back exhausts and tacho (think tacho and speedo are off a Mk 2 BSA Spitfire. Some of the upgrades are Ian Kennedy and looks like was trying to make her into a TR6SS or a Bonnie.

She could do with all the years of dust and grime being removed, I removed a substantial portion of it yesterday prior to taking the photos but she is still pretty grubby with lots of service rust as well.

Obvioulsy going to need recommissioning, if it was me I would replace/repair the perishable items (seat, mudguards, fork gaitors, seals, cables etc), unseize the engine and then try and clean her up as best as possible. You would be left with a bike with lots of patina.

Sadly no V5 with this bike but do have a tax disc that was on the bike although difficult to read the original registration on the disc itself. The Triumph Owners Club would be able to assist in obtaining the registration plate or an age related plate.

All in all a pretty sound bike with lots of period upgrades.


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