1965 Triumph 650cc T120C Special Frame no. DU 14023 Engine no. DU 14023

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Lot 113
1965 Triumph 650cc T120C Special
Frame no. DU 14023 Engine no. DU 14023

Sold for US$ 4,600 inc. premium
1965 Triumph 650cc T120C Special
Frame no. DU 14023
Engine no. DU 14023
Graced by one of the most evocative model designations in the history of motorcycling, the Triumph Bonneville owes its existence to record-breaking successes achieved on the eponymous Utah salt flats in 1958, when a Tiger 110 set a new 650cc production machine record of over 147mph. A new alloy cylinder head with inlet ports splayed wide to accommodate twin carburetors had become available as a tuning aid early in 1958 and it was, chiefly, this innovation that enabled the specially prepared T110 to so far eclipse the performance of the standard version. Triumph lost no time in capitalizing on its technical breakthrough, announcing a new model equipped with the splayed 'head and twin Amal carburetors in September 1958: the Bonneville.

This early TT Special was one of a group of TT and flat track racers that were modified by Custom Engineering in Bakersfield, California. They were often painted pink, purple or yellow and dominated racing in central California. This bike started out as an early TT Special but most everything has been changed. Witness Hurst Airheart disc brakes, Borrani alloy wheels, Bates fiberglass tank and seat, Gunter magnesium hubs, a dual air filter system, alloy oil tank, custom rocker catch tank, clutch and brake levers and exhaust megaphones. The air filter system will accept Harley foam filters and the vertical oil tank will supply oil when the bike is tilted at extreme angles. Arizona British Bikes mechanically restored the bike in 2017 and it has not run since. No cosmetic restoration, or even cleaning, was attempted.

Footnotes

  • Offered on Bill of Sale. As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is T120C DU 14023. The engine number is T120C DU 14023.
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1965 Triumph 650cc T120C Special Frame no. DU 14023 Engine no. DU 14023
1965 Triumph 650cc T120C Special Frame no. DU 14023 Engine no. DU 14023
1965 Triumph 650cc T120C Special Frame no. DU 14023 Engine no. DU 14023
1965 Triumph 650cc T120C Special Frame no. DU 14023 Engine no. DU 14023
1965 Triumph 650cc T120C Special Frame no. DU 14023 Engine no. DU 14023
1965 Triumph 650cc T120C Special Frame no. DU 14023 Engine no. DU 14023
1965 Triumph 650cc T120C Special Frame no. DU 14023 Engine no. DU 14023
1965 Triumph 650cc T120C Special Frame no. DU 14023 Engine no. DU 14023
1965 Triumph 650cc T120C Special Frame no. DU 14023 Engine no. DU 14023
1965 Triumph 650cc T120C Special Frame no. DU 14023 Engine no. DU 14023
1965 Triumph 650cc T120C Special Frame no. DU 14023 Engine no. DU 14023
1965 Triumph 650cc T120C Special Frame no. DU 14023 Engine no. DU 14023
1965 Triumph 650cc T120C Special Frame no. DU 14023 Engine no. DU 14023
1965 Triumph 650cc T120C Special Frame no. DU 14023 Engine no. DU 14023
1965 Triumph 650cc T120C Special Frame no. DU 14023 Engine no. DU 14023
1965 Triumph 650cc T120C Special Frame no. DU 14023 Engine no. DU 14023
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