Triumph 1956-1958

Triumph 1956-1958

 

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1956. A fight inside home. Triumph 1956-1958.

Triumph 1956-1958

 

The recession created by the government, followed by the Suez crisis and the continuous rationing of fuel, made 1956 an extremely hard year for the British economy. Obviously one of the most affected industries was undoubtedly the British car industry.

The political intrigues within the BSA group made Turner’s power within the company grow more and more, taking full control of the group’s Automotive Division.

Now, with Triumph, BSA and Ariel motorcycles, along with Daimler and Carbodies (London taxi manufacturers) under his control, and facing a poor domestic market, Turner focused on the much more profitable US market.

Triumph 1956-1958

Street Scrambler TR6 1956 | Triumph 1956-1958

The result was the Street Scrambler TR6 650cc and the high-performance Tiger T110. Johnny Allen’s speed records in 1955 and 1956 provided considerable publicity, and with Bud Ekins’ success in off-road racing, Triumph was on the crest of the wave in the United States.

Although Edward Turner was now in charge of BSA and Triumph, he was still an unconditional Meriden man, demonstrating particular disdain for many existing BSA designs and, intentionally or unconsciously, accelerating the disappearance of his eternal rival. One of them was the Goldstar single-cylinder sports that was seen as a real nightmare because it beat his Tiger 110.

In the Thruxton Nine Hour race, the pilot Percy Tait could have won the 750cc class but, half a dozen Goldstars 500cc won him. The same happened in the Catalina Grand Prix of the USA, where the T110 finished fourth, fifth and sixth behind three golden stars.

As Turner seemed determined to end BSA, BSA chief engineer Bert Hopwood set out for Norton. Turner’s influence was soon shown in a new range of BSA single-cylinders that were very similar to the Triumph Tiger Cub.

Turner’s decisions were generally controversial and he did not have many adherents, but he remained faithful to his principles. While BSA struggled to stay afloat, Triumph was strengthening, and every year it incorporated more improvements in the existing range, as well as new models. Triumph was proud that it was the most important motorcycle brand in the world, and it was not an exaggerated statement.

The political intrigues within the BSA group made Turner’s power within the company grow more and more, taking full control of the group’s Automotive Division.

 

 

1956. Some updates. Triumph 1956-1958.

Triumph 1956-1958

 

 

The T110 Tiger 650cc and the T100 Tiger 500cc received some engine updates to solve overheating problems, other updates for this year included a wider double seat and a modified headlamp gondola, with the light now incorporated into the headlamp.

The magazine “The motor Cycle” reaches a new speed record 176 km / h this year with a T110, following this it publishes: “To have a performance that suggests the analogy of an iron hand in a velvet glove, is one of the most impressive triumphs that have taken place and is very popular among the sports runners”.

For the Thunderbird 650cc and the Speed ​​twin 500 cc the updates were few, the colors of the Thunderbird were new this year, a very attractive polychromatic Gray, the last year of a single-color finish with a four-band gas tank design . At this point, the Thunderbird and the Speed ​​Twin had become extremely useful and reliable motorcycles, suitable for sidecars or daily use.

Triumph 1956-1958

Terrier 150cc 1956 | Triumph 1956-1958

The new TR6 Trophy 650cc was intelligently created from mostly existing components, in this case the TR5 chassis and the T110 engine. With the 42-horsepower T110 engine in the relatively lightweight TR5 chassis, the performance was particularly good, and the TR6 adapted extremely well to American off-road events. In the Big Bear race in California they occupied all positions of the podium. This victory set the stage for Triumph to master this type of racing in the United States over the next decade.

This was the last year for the 150cc Triumph Terrier, sales were disappointing and it was very unpopular in the US. The Tiger Cub 200cc had better luck, although almost 60 percent of Tiger Cub’s production went to the United Kingdom, sales increased considerably in the United States this year, to almost 1,000 units.

The magazine “The motor Cycle” reaches a new speed record 176 km / h this year with a T110, following this it publishes: “To have a performance that suggests the analogy of an iron hand in a velvet glove, is one of the most impressive triumphs that have taken place and is very popular among the sports runners”.

 

 

1957. Triumph 1956-1958.

Triumph 1956-1958

 

 

The most notable update for this year was the new chrome grille logo for the entire range of vehicles; this design was inspired by the front of Buick cars giving it a more modern look than the competition. In addition, two colors began to be used to decorate fuel tanks. These details further consolidated the brand’s leadership in the US.

Triumph 1956-1958

“Twenty One” 150cc | Triumph 1956-1958

This year the 350cc “Twenty One” Triumph was launched. . The other significant introduction was the expansion of the range through variations in existing models. While the basic range consisted of 5 models as before, the total number of variants now available in the United States was 13.

With 303 dealers in the east, TriCor increased its sales by 33% during 1957 being one of the best years of The brand in the USA.

With 303 dealers in the east, TriCor increased its sales by 33% during 1957 being one of the best years of The brand in the USA.

 

 

1958. Scooters become fashionable. 

Triumph 1956-1958

 

 

With the effects of the Suez crisis still evident in Britain, motorcycle sales continued to decline in favor of the scooter. Turner’s main concern was on several fronts, mainly in the design of the new scooter, the Tigress built by BSA, in the reworking of the Daimler range of cars with the creation of two new V8 engines, and in the upgrade of the existing two-cylinder in the Triumph range, with the presentation of integrated construction engines.

Triumph 1956-1958

BSA Tigress | Triumph 1956-1958

Turner saw in this latest update that he could lighten the engines and make them more compact. In addition, he could add panels to protect drivers from oil and dirt on the road. Above all, Turner was a stylist, and his idea was to create a new, quieter and more colorful style, trying to change the negative image of motorcycles. It was another of Turner’s pioneering concepts, and the first of these new two-cylinder was the “Twenty One”.

This time, Turner was not in charge of the project, he named to Rolls Royce engineer Charles Granfield as chief engineer of Triumph Engineering. The new style was called “Bathtub” and influenced other British manufacturers to follow the same path.

Finally the project was a disaster, the attempt to mix the scooter style with a motorcycle was unpopular among traditional motorcyclists, especially in the main market of Triumph, the United States.

Turner saw in this latest update that he could lighten the engines and make them more compact. In addition, he could add panels to protect drivers from oil and dirt on the road. Above all, Turner was a stylist, and his idea was to create a new, quieter and more colorful style, trying to change the negative image of motorcycles. It was another of Turner’s pioneering concepts, and the first of these new two-cylinder was the “Twenty One”.

 

 

 

 

Source: “Triumph motorcycles 1937-today” of Ian Falloon

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