1961 Triumph 649cc T120C Bonneville Frame no. D10167 Engine no. T120C D10167

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 60
1961 Triumph 649cc T120C Bonneville

Sold for £ 13,225 (US$ 17,372) inc. premium
1961 Triumph 649cc T120C Bonneville
Registration no. not registered
Frame no. D10167
Engine no. T120C D10167
• Delivered new to California, USA
• Restored by Jim Hiddleston
• Present ownership since January 2015

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 carburettors 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 capitalising on its technical breakthrough, announcing a new model equipped with the splayed 'head and twin Amal carburettors in September 1958: the Bonneville. Testing a T120 'Bonnie' in June 1961, Motor Cycling found that Triumph's range-topping sports roadster possessed abundant vitality. 'With exceptional top-end performance goes extraordinary vigour and tractability at low and medium speeds - a combination which makes it perhaps the fastest point-to-point roadster produced in Britain today.'

The USA had long been Triumph's most important export market and to cater for local tastes, T120R and T120C models were offered here, the former having a more raised handlebar when compared to its European counterpart, while the latter catered for the American rider's passion for off-road motorcycling. Also known as the 'Competition' or 'Scrambler' model, the T120C boasted a more purposeful, stripped-down look, being equipped with smaller fuel tank, 'dirt' tyres and high-level exhaust system.

Despatched to Johnson Motors in California in December 1960, this Bonneville 'Scrambler' was sourced in the USA and shipped back to Europe where it was restored to 'as new' condition by renowned marque specialist, Jim Hiddleston. Completed in 2007, this Bonnie returned to the USA where it was purchased by the current vendor from Bonhams' Las Vegas auction in January 2015 (Lot 311). The machine comes with paperwork relating to that sale and a previous sale.

Footnotes

  • 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.
Contacts
1961 Triumph 649cc T120C Bonneville Frame no. D10167 Engine no. T120C D10167
1961 Triumph 649cc T120C Bonneville Frame no. D10167 Engine no. T120C D10167
1961 Triumph 649cc T120C Bonneville Frame no. D10167 Engine no. T120C D10167
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For Motorcycles a 15% Buyer's Premium is payable on the first £500,000 of the final Hammer Price of each Lot, and 12% on any amount by which the Hammer Price exceeds £500,000, VAT at the standard rate is payable on the Premium by all Buyers, unless otherwise stated.

Payment Notices

For payment information please refer to the sale catalog.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.