2019 Shannons Sydney Autumn Classic Auction & Rare Number Plates

1965 Triumph Thunderbird 650cc Motorcycle




Engine Twin-cylinder, 650cc
Gearbox 4-speed manual
Colour Black
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Wire spoke
Brakes Disc/drum


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One of the best known and most established British motorcycle manufacturers, Triumph were exporting nearly all their production to the United States post-war, where the brand had been popularised by Marlon Brando's appearance on a Thunderbird 6T in the 1953 movie "The Wild One".  The Thunderbird was based on Edward Turner's classic Speed Twin and, at the time of its launch in 1950, was the most powerful parallel twin available on the market.  Indeed, the 650cc engine successfully held the world speed record for motorcycles from 1955 until 1970 set on the dry lakes at Bonneville and much of the success of the model can be attributed to the American desire for more cubic inches and horsepower.  The Thunderbird had such an abundance of power and torque that the bike was capable of cruising at more than 150km/h without any fuss - perfect for the long, straight roads of countries like America and Australia.  Without doubt one of the all-time classics, the Triumph Thunderbird is a truly rewarding motorcycle to own and the opportunity to acquire one is all too rare.

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