1939 Triumph 5T “Speed Twin”

HIGH BID: $5,102

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Description

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Brought to market in 1937, the Triumph 5T “Speed Twin” – affectionately named after it’s engine layout – was a groundbreaking motorcycle that offered a potent combination of lightweight, usable power, and reliability. At its core was a 498cc parallel-twin engine that operated off a overhead valve configuration, the motorcycle was good for roughly 32 horsepower and 30 lb-ft of torque.

The motorcycle featured a lightweight frame constructed with tubular steel, contributing to its agility and maneuverability, weighing in at around 380 pounds. Suspension duties were handled by a girder-style suspension system and plunger-type rear suspension. Braking was achieved through drum brakes on both the front and rear wheels. The 1939 model specifically was one of the last motorcycles manufactured before the the fateful Coventry bombing. With it’s approachable characteristics and iconic look, the 5T remains a sought-after classic for those keen on owning a piece of British motorcycling history.

This example is VIN: 28631. The seller purchased this example four years ago from a private party in San Diego.

The true mileage of this example is unknown. The seller states they have put a few hundred miles on this motorcycle.

Maintenance:
The seller states the clutch, generator, and carburetor have been refurbished.

Modifications:
Pillion seat.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Avon Roadrunner tires with date codes of 3918 and 0919.

Extras:
The sale includes some of the original documents.

It also includes several spare parts:
4x Motion Pro Fuel Lines (various diameters and lengths)
2x front end springs of unknown origin
2x tank pads (fits smaller tank)
1x tank pad (fits larger tank)
3x Yellow cloth wires
1x red and black cloth wire
1x Chrome instrument bracket
1x tank mounting kit from containing rubber cushion and washers (New from British parts supplier)
2x Carburetor gasket kits
1x Carburetor tickle button kits
2x Rubber clutch arm cover
1x Toe shifter rubber
2x Gas petcocks (replicas for correct hardware appropriate for 1939)
4x Clutch spring
1x “T” Gas line splitter
4x Gas line fittings
4x Additional rubber cushions


Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:


The seller notes that “the front fender has a dent under the front stem from where it will occasionally bottom out going over a bump or pothole.”

Currently located in San Francisco, this Triumph is offered on a clean California title. Have any 5T stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

Additional Information

Location

San Francisco, California

Year

1939

Make

Triumph

Model

5T

Mileage

True Mileage Unknown

VIN

28631

Title

Clean

Title State/Country

California

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges

No

Total Bids Placed: 36

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: e***c

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
e***c June 1, 2023 12:59 pm PDT $5,102
r***********r June 1, 2023 12:06 pm PDT $5,002
a**s June 1, 2023 12:06 pm PDT $5,000 Auto
a**s June 1, 2023 11:25 am PDT $4,701
v*****t June 1, 2023 11:25 am PDT $4,601 Auto
v*****t June 1, 2023 9:13 am PDT $4,201 Auto
p****d June 1, 2023 9:13 am PDT $4,101
v*****t June 1, 2023 8:23 am PDT $3,700
a***********2 May 31, 2023 8:18 pm PDT $3,600
r***********r May 31, 2023 8:18 pm PDT $3,500 Auto
a***********2 May 31, 2023 8:18 pm PDT $3,400
r***********r May 31, 2023 7:54 pm PDT $3,300
a***********2 May 31, 2023 7:23 pm PDT $3,200
r***********r May 31, 2023 7:23 pm PDT $3,100 Auto
r***********r May 31, 2023 7:22 pm PDT $2,900 Auto
a***********2 May 31, 2023 7:22 pm PDT $2,800
r***********r May 31, 2023 10:19 am PDT $2,700
a***********2 May 31, 2023 9:02 am PDT $2,600
r***********r May 31, 2023 9:02 am PDT $2,500 Auto
r***********r May 31, 2023 9:01 am PDT $2,450 Auto
a***********2 May 31, 2023 9:01 am PDT $2,350
r***********r May 31, 2023 9:01 am PDT $2,250 Auto
a***********2 May 31, 2023 9:01 am PDT $2,150
r***********r May 30, 2023 9:04 pm PDT $2,039
j****t May 30, 2023 9:04 pm PDT $1,939 Auto
j****t May 30, 2023 8:20 am PDT $1,801 Auto
a***********2 May 30, 2023 8:20 am PDT $1,701
j****t May 30, 2023 6:40 am PDT $1,600
v*****t May 30, 2023 6:40 am PDT $1,500 Auto
v*****t May 28, 2023 4:32 pm PDT $1,350
r***********r May 28, 2023 4:32 pm PDT $1,250 Auto
r***********r May 28, 2023 2:15 pm PDT $1,100
v*****t May 28, 2023 2:15 pm PDT $1,000 Auto
v*****t May 26, 2023 7:13 pm PDT $850
s******d May 26, 2023 7:13 pm PDT $750 Auto
s******d May 26, 2023 10:37 am PDT $1
Auction started May 25, 2023 7:25 am PDT
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