Project Description

1956 Triumph Thunderbird

PRICE: $9,650

So it’s been just about 8 years to the day since I started working here.  Shuffled over to parts, then to sales, then up the ladder, yada yada yada.  Times slips by like so many empty Castrol bottles thrown under the bench.  Two of the many things I’ve learned since starting this crazy journey are that the “good ones” aren’t always that good, and the ones you want are the ones you should probably keep.  Take this bike.  Anyone who’s ever shared more than a sip of beer or a cup of coffee with me will know that I love, love, love iron head pre-units, especially Thunderbirds.  Add a swing arm, and we’re in business.  This bike was rebuilt with unstamped engine cases and a CA DMV plate.  Probably wrecked or built out of spare parts.  Well, there goes the big auction money.  I wouldn’t have restored it (been there done that, still paying for it!).  But someone did, and they did a great job.  So how do we sell it?  I can hype up the nice paint job or the sweet motor, but there’s that lurking DMV frame tag that just sorta irks those looking for “original” or “concours.”  So here’s what I’ve learned.  Eight years of greasy fingernails has taught me this: I can price it for what I want to sell it for.  There is no NADA guide for bikes like this.  I’ll just ride it unless someone else wants it as much as I do.  Sounds fair.


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