Page 51. 1962 Triumph Tiger Cub 200cc – SOLD AFTER AUCTION

1962 Triumph Tiger Cub 200cc

Silver and Black. Matching Numbers. 1st Registered 1963.


A Tiger Cub was the bees knees when I was at school. We could ride anything under 250cc on our provisional licenses. But the Cub had the greatest style: it was a scaled-down big boy’s bike.


Designed in the late summer of 1952 the 150cc (9 cu. in.) Triumph Terrier was originally marketed not only as a commuter and learner machine but also as the bait to land the later sale of one of Triumph’s big twins to the owner of the lightweight machine. With its successor, the 200cc (12 cu. in.) Tiger Cub, over 112,000 were sold to 153 different countries between 1953 and 1969.

The Cub was very quick off the mark, capable in standard roadster trim of nearly seventy mph and yet gave astonishing fuel economy, well over one hundred miles per Imperial gallon being easily achievable. They were also agreeably noisy, the characteristic exhaust note and valve gear clatter being still remembered, even today!

Another factor which contributed towards their success was Style, with a capital’S’! Although the Cub had been Edward Turner’s design it was his design engineer Jack Wickes who really gave this new machine the Triumph ‘look.’ They bore a strong resemblance to the larger capacity and very successful twin cylinder machines from the same factory.

Many thousands of riders cut their motorcycling teeth on a Tiger Cub, a model well remembered and still popular today. Even now a Cub can make a decent commuter machine and in trials riding it still has a justifiably valued reputation. In the fifties and early sixties it was just about unbeatable on the American short tracks and cross-country events until more modern European designs arose and the two-stroke engine finally delivered its promised power. The end came with the very last machines produced in 1969 although volume production had all but ceased the year before.

The above taken from the excellent owners club website –



I’ve owned this Cub for around 3 years. I bought it to recreate schoolboy memories: I wasn’t allowed a motorcycle at school; I wasn’t allowed a scooter either after getting banned on my Lambretta (though I still rode it over the fields). But a Cub was my dream bike at 16.


40 years (and many motorcycles) later I’m surprised that the Cub still feels so pleasant to ride.


This one was extensively rebuilt mechanically by the previous owner. The crank was redone; it had new valves and guides, piston, alternator, etc – he spent £850 on the engine alone, which was quite a bit back then. It still has a slight oil leak!


It runs well. The MOT ran out in mid-February (it’s still taxed). I’ll take it in for a new MOT before the auction ends.


Silver and Black has always been my favourite Tiger Cub colour scheme.


The cosmetics are excellent. The previous owner told me that it was cosmetically original; but I think it’s too good for that; I’m sure the paintwork has been restored at some time in its life. The wheels are good too. It’s not a concours show bike – it’s a very good condition bike for regular use.


…That’s why it’s included in this sale: it’s no longer getting much use, as I now have other vintage toys to play with.


Vintage bikes should be ridden, not gather dust. I’m sure a new owner will soon be enjoying the pleasures of vintage Tiger-Cubbing and it will be out there again on the open road voicing its distinctive ‘British Bike rumble’
and allowing fellow road-users to see what real motorcycling is all about.


There’s a V5C Registration document (it’s a 1963 ‘A’ reg)




Hi. Can you tell me if that is a dent in the rear mudguard? Thanks. Sue

– Yes, looks like it. Here’s a bigger photo


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