1939 Triumph 350cc 3HW. In very nice condition with some patina, With Italian front brake, guards, Head light, Handle bars and Allie rims which give the bike a sporty/purposeful look. Has recently returned to the UK from an elderly gentleman's private collection near Lake Como in northern Italy, where it has been for the last 50 years. Now registered with a current UK V5. The Triumph was registered in Vicenza on 22nd June 1950. Sounds fantastic and runs very well. Ready to ride!
When war broke out in September 1939, Triumph's entire stock of completed civilian machines was requisitioned by the War Office. The Coventry firm went on to develop a 350cc twin-cylinder model the 3TW specifically for military use, only for the destruction of its factory in an air raid in November 1940 to scupper the project. Installed in new premises at Meriden, Warwickshire, Triumph recommenced production of the single-cylinder sidevalve 3SW and overhead-valve 3HW models. The latter was based on the pre-war Tiger 80 sports roadster, the engine of which was modified to incorporate rocker boxes cast integrally with the cast-iron cylinder head, aluminium alloy being in short supply. Triumph's single-cylinder models were used mainly by the Royal Navy for despatch duties and general liaison, with the less-powerful 3SW reserved for the WRNS.
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