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The Spring Sale / 1960 Triumph 649cc T120 Bonneville Frame no. D7978 Engine no. T120R D7978 (re-stamped)

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Lot 573
1960 Triumph 649cc T120 Bonneville
Registration no. 175 MKE Frame no. D7978 Engine no. T120R D7978 (re-stamped)
23 April 2022, 10:00 BST
Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground

Sold for £9,200 inc. premium

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1960 Triumph 649cc T120 Bonneville
Registration no. 175 MKE
Frame no. D7978
Engine no. T120R D7978 (re-stamped)

Hurriedly prepared for its debut at the 1958 Earls Court Show (it was too late for inclusion in the 1959 catalogue) Triumph's Bonneville arrived at a time when young motorcycle enthusiasts wanted style as well as substance and had the money to pay for it. Finished in striking two-tone Tangerine/Pearl Grey with matching mudguards and black cycle parts, the bike was a real looker, and the evocative name 'Bonneville', chosen in honour of Johnny Allen's record-breaking achievements with his Triumph-powered streamliner at the eponymous Utah salt flats, was an inspired piece of marketing.

This Bonneville comes with an old-style V5 and an image of it undergoing restoration circa 20 years ago. The V5 states '4 previous owners since 1978' (not including the recorded keeper at the time). The two stated owners are Mr Allen in Margate from January 1983 until January 1986 and then the late David Jenner, the well-known Kent-based collector. Our vendor bought the Bonnie directly from David Jenner and had it completely rebuilt over the course of a year. The machine has been on display in his office since completion and as such will require re-commissioning and safety checks prior to use. It should be noted that the engine number is certainly re-stamped. Accordingly, prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves with regard to this motorcycle's stamps, correctness and originality prior to bidding.
Offered without key

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