1965 Triumph Tigress 175

For some, the development of Triumph’s Tigress scooter diluted the brand’s macho image: for others, it was simply an expansion into a growing – and obvious – market.

(And let’s face it: the brand’s macho image was pretty solid, thanks to Marlon Brando’s jet-black Triumph 6T Thunderbird in the classic biker movie The Wild One.)

The 250cc, twin-cylinder, overhead-valve, four-stroke Triumph Tigress (and its BSA equivalent, the Sunbeam) was designed by Edward Turner and launched at the Earls Court Motorcycle Show in London in 1958.

Around 25,000 Tigresses and Sunbeams were manufactured, with production of the 250cc model ending in 1964 and the later 175cc version ceasing in 1965 - making this beauty in green theoretically one of the very last of its kind to roll off the production line.

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