Just as he had done at Ariel in the 1920s, Val Page transformed his new employer's ageing range on his arrival as Triumph's Chief Designer in 1932. The new line-up comprised overhead-valve and sidevalve singles in capacities ranging from 250 to 500cc, plus the range-topping 650cc 6/1 sidecar tug. Endowed with distinctive timing-gear covers - a feature Page would employ at BSA later in the decade - the engines were simple yet robust in construction, and amenable to a fair degree of tuning in the case of the overhead-valve units. As fitted to the higher performance models, the overhead-valve engines in their '/5' specification featured high-compression pistons, 'hotter' cams and polished ports. Suitably embellished with extra chrome, these OHV models formed the basis for Edward Turner's sporting Tigers from 1936 onwards. A range of similar though slightly less powerful tourers complimented the Tigers.
This particular Triumph Model 3/5 Sports was purchased by the current vendor at the 1992 Stafford auction and was last used on the road in 1998. Re-commissioning, including a new battery, will be required before it returns to the road. Accompanying paperwork consists of a current V5C document and photocopies of old registration documents.