Stolen 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 Returned 46 Years Later


| 11/26/2013 1:54:00 PM


Stolen 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 Returned

Donald DeVault reunites with his 1953 Triumph T100 Tiger in Omaha, Neb., Nov. 20, 2014, 46 years after it was stolen from his backyard.

Donald DeVault’s 1953 Triumph T100 Tiger is by now likely the most famous Triumph ever made. Not because it went the fastest or the farthest. Not because it was owned by anybody famous, and not because it’s the rarest Triumph made. It’s fame hinges on the amazing fact that 46 years after it was stolen from DeVault’s backyard in Omaha, Neb., it’s actually back in DeVault’s possession and running after being discovered at the Port of Los Angeles, where it was about to be shipped to Japan.

DeVault had owned the T100, which he’d named “Li’l Blue Bitch,” less than two years when it was stolen from his backyard in 1967. Not surprisingly, he figured he’d never see it again. Forty-six years later, DeVault’s Triumph was found during a routine VIN check by U.S. Customs officers. That was in early November, and on November 20 the Triumph – mildly bobbed and apparently mechanically restored by a previous “owner” – was returned to DeVault in Omaha.

Stolen 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 Returned



Donald DeVault with his 1953 Triumph T100.

BOBH
11/28/2013 10:09:23 AM

Atta Boy, Todd! As the old "joke" goes.."doing a good job around here is like peeing your pants in a dark suit..you get a warm feeling, but nobody else notices." Cheers to Don for getting his bike back!


Todd
11/27/2013 11:15:47 AM

Well it was NOT strapped to a pallet... it was strapped onto my trailer. Of course no mention of the guy who bailed it out of police impound, transported her halfway across the USA or waited around for hours so the media could get their interviews, photos and video. Yup that is me Todd Flink @ TWF Transportation. Kudos to Customs and NICB for catching it before it was shipped to Japan. Todd




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