1977 Triumph 741cc Legend No. 027
Registration no. PMK 836R
Frame no. KK06311
Engine no. KK06311
One of the consequences of the BSA-Triumph Group's collapse in the early 1970s was the end of its three-cylinder models' development, though successor company Norton-Villiers-Triumph did make a somewhat half-hearted attempt with the T160. Clearly, the design had untapped potential, as evidenced by the existence of overhead-camshaft, four-cylinder and Isolastic-framed prototypes. When T160 production ceased at the end of 1975 it seemed that would be the end of the line for the BSA-Triumph triples, but one man determined to carry on, and who was also uniquely qualified to do so, was the factory race-shop foreman, Les Williams. Made redundant when NVT collapsed, he set up a spares business specialising in BSA-Triumph triples and also built a number of replicas of the most famous three-cylinder racing, 'Slippery Sam'. Les also developed the ultimate street triple: the Legend café racer, which was based on the T160 and first appeared in the early 1980s. The Legend addressed many of the original design's shortcomings, incorporating electronic ignition, modern switch-gear, twin front disc brakes, alloy wheel rims, large-capacity fuel tank and a much improved riding position. Hand built, the Legend was produced in small numbers into the early 1990s, one of the limiting factors being the decreasing availability of suitable T160 donor bikes. It is estimated that only 60 were made and today this ultra-rare 'classic superbike' is highly sought after.
Currently displaying a total of 4,920 on the odometer, this example comes with a copy of L P Williams Ltd's letter confirming that Legend 'PMK 836R' (number '027' of the series) was completed on 30th December 1988 and sold to a Mr Holman of Balcombe, East Sussex. Mr Holman is recorded as 'previous keeper' on the accompanying Swansea V5 and his name is engraved on the top-yoke plaque. Acquired by the current vendor in 1994, the machine also comes with a T160 owner's handbook and two old MoTs (most recent expired May 1992). A dual seat and some spares are included in the sale.