reverb, and others,
It seems that anything was possible in the sixties haha.
No, seriously, I had this site recommended to me and if you read under "Factory Colour Schemes 1957-1972" the 5TA was available, variously through the years, often with cycle parts and frame having a different combination of colours.https://www.triumph-tiger-90.com/index.shtml#factorycolourschemes
The website states:
The colour schemes detailed below are taken from Official Factory Sources, please note that they apply to standard models, Home and Export. It does not cover the various Military, Police and any machines specially ordered, these can and do differ from standard.
Additionally I have come across inaccuracies in the Brochures and Publicity material and over the intervening years numerous myths have arisen….."
You can read his credentials on the website, but I'd say he is probably as good as anyone could find....fingers crossed.
The colours for eachy ear are as follows:
1958 Amaranth Red Frame and Cycle Parts
1959 Amaranth Red Frame and Cycle Parts
1960 Ruby Red Frame and Cycle Parts, Black Cylinder Fins
1961 Ruby Red Frame and Cycle Parts, Black Cylinder Fins
1962 Ruby Red Frame and Cycle Parts, Black Cylinder Fins
1963 Ruby Red Cycle Parts, Black Frame
1964 Black over Silver Sheen, Black Frame, Black Cylinder Fins
1965 Gloss Black over Silver Sheen, Black Frame, Black Cylinder Fins
1966 Black over Silver Sheen, Black Frame, Black Cylinder Fins
I am guessing by my friend's bike is probably Ruby Red, as it is much brighter than Amaranth Red for certain. However, for 1966 (from its engine number) it should be Black!
So, who knows.
All I can do is pass on what I have learnt here and elsewhere and he can please himself, just as Triumph seemed to do haha.
Cheers and Thanks to all.