Friday, June 27, 2014

Triumph Books

In the unlikely event you have $30,000 burning a hole in your pocket.

 After almost 40-years, the surviving archives of the Triumph Corporation is being offered for sale.  When Triumph in Timonium, Maryland closed its doors in 1975, their parts inventory was purchased by Cycle Hub in Portland, Oregon but Tricor's records, official documents, factory & dealer memorandum, sales & technical literature, surplus advertising inventory, factory photographs, etc., etc. was not included.  Through the help of Tricor employees, I was able to keep this vast collection from going into their dumpsters.  The truck-loads of material that came from the warehouse took several years to assimilate and organize.  It eventually spawned two books (Triumph Motorcycles in America and The Triumph Motorcycle Restoration Guide) and there is enough unpublished material here for several more!  The collection includes a file drawer FULL of factory memos (some of which not even US dealers were meant to see); records and photos of the service schools held each year; every service bulletin generated by Tricor; many of the original factory service bulletins sent to Tricor (from Meriden) from 1950-1970; original sales brochures for practically every year of Triumph motorcycle manufacture from 1903; every owners, parts and shop manual from 1936 (and many from prior model-years); THOUSANDS of factory, press and period photographs from the 1930s to the time of Meriden's closure in 1983; original press kits; dealer merchandising manuals; Top Gear manuals & catalogs; there is even a good quantity of Johnson Motors technical literature.  Also included is the world's most complete library of Triumph motorcycle books - many RARE titles long out of print; practically every magazine road test (US & UK) from 1936 to 1983 and some earlier years; every aftermarket service manual from 1936-1983 (Haynes, Clymer, Chilton, Glenn's, Pitman, Pearson); every Triumph News newsletter/magazine issued since the TIOC club was formed in 1978; even a solid collection of Hinckley Triumph sales literature from each year since production began again in 1990; and much, much more... too much too describe in detail.  All the factory documents & memos, sales & technical literature and magazines are arranged chronologically - unlike other large collections, this is a functioning library, perhaps the largest independent archive of Triumph motorcycle documents and literature in the world!  I would prefer not to break this collection up.  I am offering it first in its entirety and I will make it available for inspection to those who qualify.  Only the Triumph library is being offered (the shelving and file cabinets also if wanted by the new owner) but the parts, signs and memorabilia shown in the photos are not included.  There is, of course, no shipping available - the buyer must collect in person or arrange pick-up (in Baltimore, Maryland).  A $500 deposit through Paypal is required within 48-hours of the listing's close, the balance to be paid by check, money order or draft within two weeks. 

Pretty cool story.

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