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1950 Triumph 6T Thunderbird
1950 Triumph 6T Thunderbird
a 1951 Triumph 6T Thunderbird b 1951 Triumph 6T Thunderbird c 1951 Triumph 6T Thunderbird d 1951 Triumph 6T Thunderbird e 1951 Triumph 6T Thunderbird f 1951 Triumph 6T Thunderbird g 1951 Triumph 6T Thunderbird h 1951 Triumph 6T Thunderbird i 1951 Triumph 6T Thunderbird j 1951 Triumph 6T Thunderbird k 1951 Triumph 6T Thunderbird l 1951 Triumph 6T Thunderbird m 1951 Triumph 6T Thunderbird n 1951 Triumph 6T Thunderbird o 1951 Triumph 6T Thunderbird p 1951 Triumph 6T Thunderbird q 1951 Triumph 6T Thunderbird


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Estimate: £7,500 - 9,500
  • V5 Present
  • MoT Exempt
  • Chassis number: 14321
The 6T Thunderbird was launched in 1949, with Triumph's intention being to particularly appeal to the American market. It used a variant of the earlier Speed Twin's parallel‑twin engine, bored out from 500cc to 650cc, something which pleased US US customers because of the resultant hike in horsepower.

Triumph gained valuable publicity for the 6T from Marlon Brando's 1953 movie The Wild One, in which he rode a 1950 example. However, it seems the company was initially less than thrilled with the valuable exposure, and objected in writing to the producers about the use of their machine in a film about rowdy motorcycle gangs.

This blue Thunderbird was completed in October 1950 and dispatched to E C Jukes of Wincanton. Not much is known about its early life beyond that, but it seems to have gone abroad soon afterwards, and was only brought back to the UK at the end of 2017. The vendor tells us that this 'sprung hub' model has been fitted with a 1954‑60 crank, with its shells reground and rebored. The clutch and chains are recent, and the electrics have been converted to positive earth. A mono carb has been installed, along with a new cut‑out in 2018. We're advised that all are 'working well'.

The odometer reading indicated is 330 miles. History is minimal; the V5C is present, along with a Vintage Motor Cycle Club Ltd dating certificate, some handwritten notes, and a couple of pictures.
The 6T Thunderbird was launched in 1949, with Triumph's intention being to particularly appeal to the American market. It used a variant of the earlier Speed Twin's parallel-twin engine, bored out from 500cc to 650cc, something which pleased US US customers because of the resultant hike in horsepower. Triumph gained valuable publicity for the 6T from Marlon Brando's 1953 movie The Wild One, in which he rode a 1950 example. However, it seems the company was initially less than thrilled with the valuable exposure, and objected in writing to the producers about the use of their machine in a film about rowdy motorcycle gangs. This blue Thunderbird was completed in October 1950 and dispatched to E C Jukes of Wincanton. Not much is known about its early life beyond that, but it seems to have gone abroad soon afterwards, and was only brought back to the UK at the end of 2017. The vendor tells us that this 'sprung hub' model has been fitted with a 1954-60 crank, with its shells reground and rebored. The clutch and chains are recent, and the electrics have been converted to positive earth. A mono carb has been installed, along with a new cut-out in 2018. We're advised that all are 'working well'. The odometer reading indicated is 330 miles. History is minimal; the V5C is present, along with a Vintage Motor Cycle Club Ltd dating certificate, some handwritten notes, and a couple of pictures.
  • V5 Present
  • Chassis number: 14321
Estimate: £7,500 - 9,500

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