A unique and valuable collection of the vintage evocative Triumph motorcycles has caught the attention of collectors. Dick Shepherd is the proud owner of more than 320 restored models of the golden brand that brought to the world legendary models such as the Thunderbird and the Speed Twin.
One of the more impressive models from his collection is a fully-functioning 350cc Tiger 90, valued at £100,000 – which was the most famous machine ever to compete in the International Six Days Trial. Having won five gold models, it remains a leader in the renowned challenge. Another TR6 machine featured in Shepherd’s possession is the Bonneville ridden by Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible III as well as the one Steve McQueen in The Great Escape. Most were purchased at auctions for next to nothing.
Two Triumph Tiger Cub trials bike, valued at £15,000 were owned journalist Denis Jenkinson, who famously navigated for Stirling Moss during his record-breaking victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia. All models have been restored and maintained to an exceptional standard with the owner having a strong eye for detail. All retain their original parts, which preserves the history of the marque.
The British company crafted a truly unique identify for its sportbikes, roadsters and cruisers, employing a mostly three-cylinder mechanism. More than a century after they came into production, the bikes retain their versatility and continue to make a statement thanks to the brand’s rich heritage. The modern classic line-up boasts some of their most recognizable 500-plus pound motorcycles with old school design and powerful torque.
The iconic classics are real beauties with an engine capacity of 2294cc and range in price from £6,999 to £14,599. In -line 3-cylinder provide enough torque and the swingram is twin-sided, made of cast aluminium alloy. Liquid-cooled or air-cooled – the powerful machines live up to their name and reputation.