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1976 Triumph 750cc T140V Bonneville
Engine no. T140VXN66139
The Bonneville was Triumph’s top-of-the-line motorcycle for over a decade. Just like the 911 has defined Porsche, no matter what else they’ve built, the Bonnie did the same for Triumph. Even after the introduction of the Trident, the Bonneville was what Triumph fanatics lusted after. Certainly one of the landmark motorcycles on our side of the mid-twentieth century, the Bonnie’s combination of looks and performance has seldom been equaled. The western distributor, Johnson Motors, was in the Los Angeles basin, and they made sure that pictures of celebrities from the area’s entertainment industry mounted on Triumphs were widely circulated, resulting in a halo of glamour unmatched by other makes.

The original T120 was continually improved over the years, and even the entry of the more modern, reliable and cheaper Japanese bikes didn’t seem to dent Triumph’s grip on the top end of the import market. Finally, when British Triumph’s financial troubles combined with the introduction of the Honda CB750, an era-ending change loomed on the horizon.

Triumph responded with the new Bonneville T140V in 1973. It was a refreshing return to more classic styling and there were bona fide technical advances like a front disc brake, an engine upgraded to 750cc and a five-speed gearbox. Cycle World said in its road test, “All told, the T140V is the best Bonneville to date.” Its 13.65 second quarter mile time made it the quickest accelerating Bonnie ever. Unfortunately, back in England matters were spiraling out of control and the workforce seized the Triumph factory. Few Bonnevilles made it to American shores for almost two years.

Hope was renewed when the 1976 line included an updated version of the 1973 T140V. It now had a rear disc brake and the shifting mechanism had been switched to the left side to comply with US safety regulations.

The T140V offered is from the 1976-77 production run. It has an accurate older restoration and features the original color scheme of Cherokee Red with White scallops. It comes with a period-correct blue California license plate. This lot, which shows 7,090 miles, represents one of the last great technical achievements of a proud nameplate that was entering the twilight of the entire British motorcycle industry.

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