c.1972 Triumph 750cc Trident T150
Engine no. CG 01839
Differences between the Triumph Trident and BSA Rocket III 750cc triples were more than just cosmetic: the two models used different frames and in BSA guise the motors cylinder block was inclined forwards. Only the Trident survived the Groups collapse in 1972, continuing as the T150V (with 5-speed gearbox) and later the T160 (using the BSA-type engine). The number of important production race victories achieved (notably by the works Triumph Slippery Sam) is eloquent testimony to how effective a high-speed road-burner a well-fettled triple can be. This immaculate Trident, presented in effectively as new condition, was built by the vendor and has never been used. The vendor, a leading figure in the Workers Co-operative that ran Triumphs Meriden factory following the famous sit-in, had been working at Meriden for 15 years when he volunteered for redundancy in 1980. Although disillusioned by the managements short-sighted policies, he nevertheless remained proud of Triumphs past achievements, as evidenced by the labour of love that is this wonderful Trident. The machine was assembled during the 1970s from all new parts, purchased from various Triumph dealers (a large quantity of relevant receipts is available for inspection). Its mouth-watering specification includes a ported, polished and gas-flowed cylinder head; lightened, polished and shimmed rockers; correct carburettor gantry; polished crankshaft; lightened gears; close-ratio four-speed gearbox; alloy wheel rims; and chromed and under-sealed mudguards.