Minichamps MIN122133501 1962 Triumph TR6 Trophy Motorcycle - Army Green (1:12 Scale)
"German precision engineering at its finest!"
- The Motor Pool
The Triumph TR6 Trophy was introduced in 1956 and lasted until 1973, when it was replaced by the 750cc TR7. During this time it was a successful model, particularly in the US. The competition variant, popularly known as the "desert sled", won numerous competitions throughout the late 1950s and 1960s. The bike's appearance in The Great Escape and Steve McQueen's fondness for the model are well known. Although not quite as quick as the Bonneville the Trophy is considered by many to be Triumph's best all-round 650cc model.
The genesis of the model came with the introduction of the 650cc Thunderbird Model in 1950. This was released to meet the demand for higher capacity motorcycles, particularly from the United States, Triumph's largest export market. In 1954 the T110 model was introduced, a higher performance version of the Thunderbird. The success of these models and the 500cc TR5 Trophy, the world's first "dual-purpose" twin, led to the creation of a 650cc TR6 Trophy model. The TR6 was developed and produced specifically for the US market, in particular, California desert racing.
The model was introduced in 1956 and named the TR6 Trophy-bird, borrowing its name from the Thunderbird model. The model used the same engine as the T110 but with the new "Delta" alloy cylinder head. The cast iron barrel was retained but painted silver. The engine used 8.5:1 compression ratio and developed 42 bhp. The power delivery made the mount ideal for off-road competition, for which the model is well known. The bike sported a siamezed exhaust system and a 7in front brake. Another feature taken from the TR5 was the quick detachable headlamp, which was ideal for bikes ridden to competitive events and back again. This used a multipin connector which plugged into the bottom of the headlamp shell. For the first three years, the TR6 used the same color scheme as the TR5 starting with Shell Blue for 1956.
For 1957, the front brake was enlarged to 8in. The TR6 was now fitted with a Lucas Red Label Competition Magneto as standard. This was the first year of the "Harmonica" tank Badge. Silver Grey was the 1957 color as per TR5. For the 1959 model year the Trophy was offered in two variants the TR6/A and TR6/B. The TR6/A was the roadster model with low pipes and the TR6/B was the high-piped street-scambler. The export color scheme of Ivory and Aztec red was offered with gold lining. This color scheme was copied for the modern Triumph Scrambler model introduced in 2006. After Edward Turner, the fabled Triumph designer, witnessed the death of a young rider on a TR6, at the 1960 Big Bear Run, due to frame failure it immediately received a stronger steering head. For 1961, the "Trophy-Bird" name was replaced with simply "Trophy". The home model was named the TR6 whereas the US export models were named TR6C for the competition model and TR6R for the road model. Ruby Red and Silver was used for all models. For 1962, the US models were renamed TR6SR and TR6SC. Introduced in 1962 and offered through 1966, was the TR6SS model which sported a 2 into 1 exhaust but was otherwise similar to the road going model. The TR6SS used the cheaper K2F magneto rather than the competition K2FC used previously. Polychromatic Burgundy replaced Ruby Red.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale diecast replica of a 1962 Triumph TR6 Trophy motorcycle finished in army green. Comes packaged in a handsome presentation case.
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: August 2012
Historical Account: "At the Movies" - After various attempts to reach neutral Switzerland, Sweden, and Spain, including "Cooler King" Hilts' famous motorcycle chase at the Swiss border, almost all of the escapees are recaptured or killed. Only three (Danny and Willie, the two "tunnel kings," and Sedgwick, the "manufacturer") evade capture and make it to safety. Instead of being returned to camp, fifty of the captured prisoners, including Bartlett, are taken to an open field and shot. Senior British Officer Group Captain Ramsey (James Donald) learns of the massacre from von Luger, who has been relieved of command.
Hilts' dash by motorcycle for the border is fictional. It was made on the insistence of McQueen, a keen motorcyclist, and has become one of the most famous action scenes of 1960s classic cinema.