June 14, 2016 7:53 pm

Motorbike sits at Calgary store 50 years after mysterious buyer’s deposit

WATCH ABOVE: It’s sat for decades in a crate in a corner of a Calgary surplus store. But as Gil Tucker shows us, the contents could put a big smile on a lucky Dad’s face this Father’s Day.


It’s been sitting in a crate for almost 60 years, but it might just make Calgary’s ultimate Father’s Day gift.

The potential present is a 1957 Triumph motorbike, a model often used by military messengers.

The one in question has been sitting boxed up for decades at Calgary’s Crown Surplus.

The store owners, Gordon Cumming and his son John, said they’d put it aside after a buyer made a deposit on it about 50 years ago.

A man “came in, put $100 on it and then forgot about it,” John said.

John Cumming and his father Gordon in their Crown Surplus store in Calgary.

“It is a mystery,” his father added.

They were selling the motorbike for $700 in those days, but it’s certainly shot up in value since then.

A recent sale saw one going for USD$34,000.

“It’s worth more in the box,” John explained. “It’s like a Star Wars figurine or whatever.”

He says a would-be Calgary buyer offered $20,000 for the crated Triumph at Crown Surplus, but they decided not to sell.

“The gentleman wanted to put it in the crate above his pool table with lights on the bottom.”

The Cummings said the bike, which has never been assembled, could still run fine.

And if the mysterious buyer ever shows up again?

“Bring your receipt,” John said with a laugh. “And there will be a small storage fee, I’m afraid.”

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