1982 Triumph 744cc T140 'Royal Wedding' Bonneville
Frame no. BDA 31655
Engine no. BDA 31655
In 1977 Triumph had introduced a special, limited edition Bonneville to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee and took the opportunity to repeat the exercise on the occasion of HRH Prince Charles' wedding to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. Known as the 'Royal Wedding', the UK version of this new limited edition Bonneville was readily distinguishable from the standard Bonnie by virtue of its chromium-plated fuel tank, black-finished engine, alloy wheels and twin disc brakes. The 'Royal Wedding' was based on the electric start version of the Bonnie, which had been introduced in 1980, and was built in UK and export variants with different finishes, 125 being made for each market.
This export-specification 'Royal Wedding' was brought to Belgium in April 1982 by the Aalst-based Norton/Triumph importer, Laurent Podevijn and comes with the relevant paperwork. The current owner purchased the machine in Belgium in 2004 from a Rudy Merckx, but nothing else is known of its history. Offered with Belgian registration papers, the Bonnie displays a total of 40,700 kilometres on the odometer and is described as in generally good condition, benefiting from a new battery. The provision of an oil cooler and a pair of modern mirrors are the only notified deviations from factory specification.
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