This Triumph Thunderbird 650 is already rare by itself. But with a sidecar on the LEFT side? Utterly fantastic. The Thunderbird name has shown up on 3 distinct models of the Triumph line since 1949 – this 6T model is from the original series.
The Triumph Thunderbird was created as the firm’s stab at the American market – they bored out their early 500cc engine as American customers wanted more power. The bike also gained further popularity as it was the featured vehicle in a Marlon Brando film, the Wild One.
Originally made in England, the sidecar is a Swallow Jet 80, and it’s been restored (along with the bike) to a beautiful condition. Bonus points for the original black California plates. We prefer the earlier Triumph Thunderbird years as they weren’t afflicted by the hideous ‘bathtub’ fairing that was introduced in 1960.
Find this Triumph Thunderbird here on Craigslist for $19,500 in Los Angeles, CA