The Triumph model range for 1936 featured nine models which comprised seven overhead valve, and two side valve types. This range of singles, and one twin, was designed by the brilliant Val Page and had been introduced in 1934 in 250, 350, and 500 single cylinder models, together with the one 650 twin. In the overhead valve 500 capacity there were three models, all twin port, the 5/2, 5/5, and 5/10. This particular example is the 5/5 sports version, with four speed foot change, and the larger 8 inch front brake. The 250, 350, and 500s would be restyled the following year to become the Tiger 70, 80, and 90.
Purchased by the vendor at auction in 2003, the 5/5 had been restored by the previous owner, and was incorrectly catalogued as a 5/2. Since acquisition, the owner has had the dynamo reconditioned, fitted a new regulator, and whilst all the lights etc. are working, the bike is still not charging. It is assumed that the problem lies either with the polarity or the regulator itself. However, the vendor has greatly enjoyed his time with the machine which has been used most years, taking part in many VMCC runs and also the Manx Grand Prix parade lap in 2006, covering some 4,000-plus miles, and is only now for sale due to an impending addition to his stable. Documentation comprises a current V5C, old V5C, old V5, several old MoTs, tax discs, purchase invoice, copy parts book, handbook, and miscellaneous papers. The bike is presently taxed and ready to use.