Property of a deceased's estate,1959 Triumph 649cc T120 Bonneville Frame no. 022891 Engine no. T120 022891

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Lot 312
Property of a deceased's estate,1959 Triumph 649cc T120 Bonneville
Registration no. LJV 255 Frame no. 022891 Engine no. T120 022891

Sold for £ 13,800 (US$ 19,179) inc. premium
Property of a deceased's estate
1959 Triumph 649cc T120 Bonneville
Registration no. LJV 255
Frame no. 022891
Engine no. T120 022891
First-of-the-line examples of iconic models are always highly prized by collectors and none more so than the new-for-1959 Triumph T120 Bonneville, introduced in the autumn of 1958 for the forthcoming season. Hurriedly prepared for its debut at the Earls Court Show (it was too late for inclusion in the 1959 catalogue) the 'Bonnie' arrived at a time when young motorcyclists 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 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. That first 1959-model Bonneville was the only one of the many versions to feature the headlamp nacelle, and only the first series produced had the distinctive 'Tangerine Dream' livery.

First registered in Grimsby, Lincolnshire in March 1959, this matching-numbers 'Tangerine Dream' Bonneville has the sports dual seat, one of two styles fitted to '59 Bonnies. 'LJV 255' was first acquired by the late owner circa 1972, then sold on and reacquired around 1978. At that time the Lincolnshire-based enthusiast owner had his own motorcycle business; he later took up classic racing and competed in CRMC events into the late 1980s. His ashes are scattered at the foot of The Mountain at Cadwell Park.

Some obvious modifications have been made to the machine over the last 35-plus years: most notably the Siamesed exhaust and later (non-Chronometric) Smiths speedometer. Nevertheless, the machine remains substantially original, and even a novice restorer should experience little difficulty in returning it to 100% correct, concours condition. Interestingly, the timing cover is badged 'Tiger 110', this being correct for early Bonnevilles made before the factory got around to an updated patent plate. Last taxed and MoT'd for the road in 2003, 'LJV 255' has been kept in dry storage since then. The machine was started and ran a couple of months ago but will require re-commissioning, at the very least, before further use. However, we are sure that the fortunate purchaser will want to fully restore this rare early Bonneville to the condition it deserves. Sold strictly as viewed, the machine is offered with expired MoT (2003) and old/current V5/V5C registration documents.
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