1938 Triumph Ladies Special Tourist

1938 Triumph Ladies Special Tourist


 


I bought this delightfully original Ladies Triumph several years ago. The previous owner used to display it at a museum in Portsmouth, but visitors had started stealing parts from it so he withdrew it.

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This Triumph Ladies Special Tourist was a classy bike in its day, with extra features such as Resilian brakes and quick-release nuts.

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I’ve given it the once-over mechanically, so now it rides well, but obviously I’ve preserved its patina.

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When I obtained it in 2008, I’d been searching for quite a while for a pre-Raleigh Triumph. (BSA took over Triumph Cycles in 1951 and was absorbed by Raleigh in 1956). But they’re no longer easy to find.

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The Ladies Model (RTL) cost £6 7/- 6d in 1937. I’m not sure of the price of the 1938 model, as the only catalogue I’ve found so far is the 1937 one featured here (and there are a few differences between the 1937 catalogue bike and this machine).

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The matching Triumph pump is a nice touch.

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She rides very well for one of pensionable age

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Compare the machine to the catalogue

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The difference is the staggered down tubes on the catalogue bike.

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To me, full oil-bath chain cases sum up that past golden era of cycling when the roads were still empty (though, actually, they were nevertheless much more dangerous to cyclists).

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If your cycle was too classy to paint a white tip on the rear mudguard as per the wartime requirements, you could always buy one of these Bluemels accessory white mudguard tips.

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At the bottom of the page you might notice this sprightly 71-year-old canoodling with her consort, a handsome Triumph from foreign shores…

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1938 British Ladies Triumph & 1939 German Gents Triumph

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Two Triumphs under the shadow of war…

To read more, PLEASE CLICK HERE

 

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I’ve now located a 1939 Triumph catalogue: you can see the page for this model below

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UPDATE: There’s now a new Triumph on the scene, a 1931 Gents Gloria Full Roadster. It remains to be seen if he tries to muscle in on the wartime romance.

To see the Gloria, PLEASE CLICK HERE