1936 TRIUMPH 348CC MODEL 3/1
Bonhams | 16-Oct-2016 | The Autumn Stafford Sale Important Collectors Motorcycles | Venue : Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground
Category : Classic Motorcycles
Lot No. : 172
Year : 1936
Engine Size : -
Registration No. : HH 8418
Chassis No. : # F1566
Engine No. : # 8-3S-7731
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


Just as he had done at Ariel in the 1920s, Val Page transformed his employer's ageing range on his arrival as Triumph's Chief Designer in 1932. The new line-up comprised overhead- and sidevalve singles in capacities ranging from 250 to 500cc, plus the range-topping 650cc 6/1 sidecar tug. Endowed with distinctive timing-gear covers - a feature Page would employ at BSA later in the decade - the engines were simple yet robust in construction, and amenable to a fair degree of tuning in the case of the overhead-valve units. Introduced in 1934, the sidevalve Model 3/1 gained a light-alloy cylinder head during 1936 and continued in production, as either the 3S or coil-ignition 3SC, until the outbreak of WW2. Suitably embellished with extra chrome, the OHV models formed the basis for Edward Turner's Tigers from 1936 onwards.
This particular Model 3/1 has been fitted with a 3S engine dating from 1938. The Triumph was acquired by the current vendor in January 2009, at which time it was a rolling chassis plus a box of parts, having been in the preceding owner's possession for at least the preceding 25 years. Since acquisition, the machine has been reassembled and overhauled; used for various ride-outs, the last in September 2016, it is described as in generally good condition. Accompanying documentation consists of a dating letter and a V5C registration certificate. An original instruction manual is included.