The Triumph T10 – The prettiest British Scooter?

s-l1600-1Spotted this pretty little Triumph on eBay. Lovely clean lines for a scooter that doesn’t originate in Italy! Dare I say, it’s prettier than a J? Dare I? Nah, not on here. But’s it’s close. It apparently “drives very nice” and “everything works as it should” (Buyers words, so do your own checks). It’s listed at a pretty reasonable £1,950, but he’s open to offers, as he’s not sure how much it’s worth. I’d say he’s pitched it about right?

It comes with a load of paperwork. Which is always nice! Here’s the eBay link

The Triumph T10 – also known as the Triumph Tina – was the lightweight sister scooter to the better known Triumph Tigress. Made between 1962 and 1970 it was marketed at women, in a campaign fronted by Peter Pan of Pop Cliff Richard (I’d love to see some original publicity material if anybody’s got any – I’ve tried finding some online to no avail!). Technically the Tina was quite advanced – an early ‘auto’ using a continuously variable transmission system with a centrifugal clutch. There were even plans, and actual prototypes for a three-wheeler version – predating Piaggio’s MP3 by decades!

Lots more info about the Tina / T10 and her big sis the Tigress on the TriumphScooters website.

Cliff Richard, Three’s up…

Cliff Richard on a LambrettaThere’s a title I never thought I’d be posting on this blog. Don’t know who the other fellas are… Shadows? Is it me, or has the bloke perched on the back rack got a very small head?

Oh, for my readers abroad, Cliff Richard was our (Britain’s) equivalent of Elvis. Sort of. He had hits in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. And probably the 90’s too. Thankfully, I think he’s more or less stopped making records now, except at Christmas.  Staying true to one of his earlier songs, he remains a Bachelor Boy to this day.