Minichamps MIN122133550 1961 Triumph TR6 Motorcycle - Silver and Red (1:12 Scale)
"German precision engineering at its finest!"
- The Motor Pool
For the 1961 Triumph TR6, gone was the previous "A" & "B" designations introduced in 1960. The new nomenclature was TR6R for 'Roadster' with low pipes & TR6C for 'Competition', the enduro version with high pipes. All went by the model name "Triumph Trophy". 1961 Triumph TR6 engine & frame numbers run from D8432 to D15756, built from Sept. 20rd, 1960 to Aug. 23rd, 1961. For 1961, the Triumph TR6 was not listed for sale in the UK.
In the interest of quieter operation, starting with Engine #D8858 a new alloy 'Delta' cylinder head was fitted with cast-in pillars between some of the cooling fins, to combat high frequency vibration causing a 'ringing' sound. Starting with Engine #D14438 the one-piece forged steel crankshaft now featured straight-sided webs & the central flywheel was increased in width from 2-1/4" to 2-11/32". The balance factor now changed from 50% to 71%. Finally, the engine sprocket reduced to 21 teeth, lowering the overall gearing of the bike. In the gearbox, the sintered bronze layshaft bushings (bushes) were replaced with Torrington M11121 needle roller bearings.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale diecast replica of a 1961 Triumph TR6 motorcycle finished in silver and red. Comes packaged in a handsome presentation case. Sold Out!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: May 2013
Historical Account: "The Wild One" - To capture the American market, the 6T Thunderbird used a variant of the earlier Speed Twin's parallel twin engine, bored out from 500 cc to 650 cc to give the added horsepower American customers demanded. The concept of enlarging the Speed Twin, the Thunderbird name and its 'paper dart' logo were thought up by managing director Edward Turner on one of his regular trips to Triumph's operations in the USA. The 'paper dart' logo was embossed onto the chain case cover on Thunderbirds from 1955 to 1962 and can be seen upon closer examination on the supplied photograph of the 1962 model. Previously, it appeared as a decal on the headlamp nacelle.
The 6T Thunderbird was launched publicly at Montlhry near Paris, where three standard-production bikes were ridden around a circuit by a team of riders who between them averaged a speed of 92 mph (148 km/h) over a distance of 500 miles (800 km). All three machines were ridden to the circuit and back to the Meriden factory.
Triumph obtained further lasting publicity with Marlon Brando's 1953 motion picture The Wild One, in which he rode a 1950 6T Thunderbird. In the book Triumph Motorcycles In America, there is reproduced a letter from Triumph's importers objecting to the producers as to the use of their machine in this film about rowdy motorcycle gangs.
From 1960, the Thunderbird acquired Turner's rear fairing nicknamed the 'bathtub' on account of its shape. This unpopular feature, dropped quickly in the USA market, remained in ever-abbreviated forms for the home market until disappearing altogether for the final year of production, 1966. Before then, in 1963, the Thunderbird, along with Triumph's other 650 cc models, was given the Turner-designed unit engine. Throughout this time, however, the Thunderbird retained its distinctive nacelle.