1963 Triumph 649cc T120
Lot 31
1963 Triumph 649cc T120R Bonneville Frame no. DU 1864 Engine no. DU 1864
Sold for £6,325 (US$ 10,631) inc. premium
Lot Details
1963 Triumph 649cc T120R Bonneville
Registration no. OKU 161A
Frame no. DU 1864
Engine no. DU 1864
Triumph's new sports machine, named for Johnny Allen's Triumph-mounted success on the salt flats, finally made the catalogue in 1960, the name immediately abbreviated to 'Bonnie' by generations of bikers. Based on the T.110 but with a new, stronger, set of insides and a re-designed cylinder-head, the 'Bonnie' developed close to 50 b.h.p on test and made the magic 'ton' with ease, putting Triumph back at the top of the tree among Britain's performance motorcycles.
OKU 161A, a complete machine, came from D.R. Classics in 2001 and was completely restored from 2005, receiving a complete re-paint with new chrome. The wheels were rebuilt with stainless spokes and new bearings and brake linings. In addition to the normal replacement parts obligatory in a first-class re-build, the motor has been fitted with valve-seats compatible with un-leaded fuel and a 12-volt electronic ignition system for modern petrol together with 12v lighting. A high-performance oil-pump was also fitted. This 'matching-number' Bonneville has completed few miles since the re-fit and is a beautiful example of this quintessential British twin – so popular that any owner has no need for lengthy explanations; all that is needed is the word 'Bonnie'. Complete with a V5C and bills for the re-build, all that should be necessary are the normal pre-use checks before riding. One for the white scarf, the leather jacket and the by-pass – at a legal speed, of course!
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