Here's a really rare item. This is the front numberplate introduced for the 1939 model year, and also used for 1940 models. This one differed from the 1938 one in that it gained a chrome surround. Post-war, Triumph used a similar one, although it won't correctly fit a pre-war bike.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
This is the first of many items that came with my 1940 that really made the project worth purchasing. The pre-war chronometric speedometers differ from the post-war versions in the cable assembly. The pre-war version has a drive blade that sticks out the back of the speedo.
This speedo has the rev counter added to the face, which was called a revulator sometime after the war. If that marketing name was used before the war, I haven't seen it in any literature so far. This one is in very nice condition, and seems to work fine. Considering the date on the tag, I figure it is likely to be original to the bike. I'm not 100 percent sure, but I believe this was the standard speedo on the Tiger 100, optional on the Speed Twin.