The 1893 Triumph model range, illustrated in the advertisement above, included the ‘Chicago,’ ‘Royal,’ ‘Lady’ and ‘Mustang Triumph.’
By 1956 Triumph bicycles were no longer ‘true’ Triumphs, but generally Raleighs with a different badge. However, there were a few exceptions.
The juvenile ‘Mustang’ range, introduced in 1953 as low-key British competition for glorious American character bikes such as the Rollfast ‘Hopalong Cassidy,’ featured a cowboy on a horse on the seat tube. Below it, the ‘Mustang’ name had a rope through it. With a bit of juvenile imagination, I’m sure 1950s British kids could picture themselves pedalling hard on the heels of the posse, swirling lassos above their heads to catch wild mustang horses.
In 1956, a new model was introduced, with 16″ frame and 20″ wheels.
Cycle manufacturers had a keen awareness of company anniversaries, so I don’t think it would have been a coincidence that the ‘Mustang’ name was dug out of retirement sixty years down the line.
1956 Triumph Mustang
Boy’s Model 430
The Mustang is complete, and in unrestored original condition, with transfers (decals) intact. Soon I’ll replace its tyres and update its photos.
1956 catalogue illustration above, showing a choice of model, with both 24″ wheels and 20″ wheels.
The 1953 catalogue, below, shows only the 24″ wheel model.