1981 Triumph 744cc T140V 'Royal Wedding' Bonneville
Registration no. VDU 226X
Frame no. HDA 30840
Engine no. HDA 30840
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 UK-specification 'Royal Wedding' Bonneville was supplied new to Len Bayliss Ltd in Coventry and first owned by Mr Peter Brayne, who sold it to the second owner (George Dunkley of Huncote, Leicester) in August 1997 at 4,384 miles (mileage confirmation on file). The current vendor (the third recorded owner) acquired the machine in October 2000. Kept on museum display since acquisition, 'VDU 226X' has covered only 5,515 miles from new and appears in original condition. The machine is offered with its original certificate of ownership, owner's handbook and service/warranty booklet, SORN letter, sundry expired MoTs/tax discs and old/current Swansea V5/V5C documents.