1958 Triumph Tiger Cub T20C

In England, Small Displacement, Sport by Tom WackerLeave a Comment

Introduced in 1953 with an iconic design by Edward Turner, the T20 was a good looking four stroke with a host of mechanical problems. By 1957 the plunger rear suspension had been replaced with a swing arm frame. In ‘61 and ‘62 it got a new bottom end design on the motor that mostly eliminated bottom end failure in the power plant. One problem that remained was the top frame using the fuel tank as a stressed member which could lead to breakage. Triumph sold a lot of T20s, particularly after 1960 when British license requirements changed to require first year riders to have less than 250 CC.

The 1958 Triumph Tiger Cub T20 C (The C stands for Competition and includes high pipe and changed wheels) used a 199 CC (12.1 CID) air cooled four stroke single cylinder overhead valve motor that produced 10 HP with a four speed gearbox for a top speed around 60 MPH. Hydraulic suspension fore and aft with decent brakes completed the package.

This particular T20C (VIN: T20C39904) is in Costa Mesa, California and is listed as a freshly rebuilt survivor. 12 Volt conversion, new levers and cables with a recent engine build should make this a rider. The bike is currently priced at $2,500.00 with reserve not met