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If you're looking for info on the modern Triumph T100, read our review here...

1955 Triumph T100
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Most publications would show you the 'before' photos of a classic bike restoration and then reveal the 'after' ones but we're never ones to slavishly follow convention. Meet Mick Knowles' Tiger in its original condition...

We discovered Mick's beautiful example of Triumph's ubiquitous twin at the Weston Park Transport Show, where it nabbed one of the top prizes. Now powder blue and accessorised with a nifty rear carrier, the T100 really was in dire condition when Mick first laid hands on it.

Bit of T-Cut, she'll be right.... 1951 Triumph T100 - Before

The Trumpet had been dragging around a home-made double-adult sidecar, and the whole outfit was, erm, dashingly turned out in what looks to be Dulux best matt emulsion in cherry red, with wheels, mudguards, forks, nacelle and so on disguised by copious quantities of what may well have been Hammerite.

One careful owner...

Now, although the finished result is undoubtedly much prettier and regularly picks up a prize or two, we're inclined to admit that the original outfit has a certain robust practicality about it.

...followed by several less careful ones.

The previous owner probably bolted this all together for six shillings and tuppence and it then served him for decades. He was probably very proud of it, and there may even be an entire family who took happy childhood holidays to Southend or Skegness or Scotland, bouncing around in not-quite luxury but at least slightly warmer, drier and more secure than if they'd been perched on the pillion.

PUKe?....

Awesome mudflap, too.

T100 bits on eBay.co.uk

Masking tape? Why bother...

So gaze in contemplation at a classic Triumph and sidecar - just how they used to be before we all started spending thousands of pounds turning them back to showroom condition.

Stainless? Don't think so...

And then you can go and read how Mick managed to complete the job:
www.realclassic.co.uk/triumpht100.html

Chrome? Paint it red...

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