1977  Triumph  740cc T160 Trident Frame no. NK06598 Engine no. NK06598

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Lot 126
1977 Triumph 740cc T160 Trident
Registration no. TDV 785R Frame no. NK06598 Engine no. NK06598

Sold for £ 7,875 (US$ 10,640) inc. premium
1977 Triumph 740cc T160 Trident
Registration no. TDV 785R
Frame no. NK06598
Engine no. NK06598
• Present ownership since 1985
• Circa 2,000 miles since extensive restoration
• Not ridden since 2015

Of BSA-Triumph's two flagship three-cylinder models, only the Triumph Trident survived the Group's collapse in 1972, continuing as the five-speed T150V and later the heavily revised and restyled T160 (using the inclined engine of the deleted BSA Rocket III, suitably altered to appear more Triumph-like). The important production race victories achieved (most notably by the works Triumph 'Slippery Sam') testify eloquently to how effective a high-speed road-burner a well-fettled triple can be, and indeed, the T160's improved cycle parts reflected lessons learned from production racing. Other important advances included an electric starter, rear disc brake and left-side gearchange. Fewer than 7,500 T160s were made between March 1975 and December 1976 when the Small Heath factory closed, and this last-of-the-line triple can only become increasingly collectible. Today the BSA-Triumph triples enjoy an enthusiastic following worldwide and are supported by a first rate owners' club - the T&R3OC - and numerous recognised specialists.
This T160 was purchased by the vendor from Anglo Bike of Beenham, Berkshire in June 1985 (bill of sale on file). The machine has covered only some 2,000 miles since extensive restoration, which included a full engine rebuild and other works at a cost of more than £6,500 (see engineer's list of works and bills on file). Parts were sourced mainly from recognised specialists L P Williams and Norman Hyde. Additional documentation consists of a V5C Registration Certificate and an expired MoT (2015). The machine has not been ridden since 2015 but should require relatively little re-commissioning before returning to the road.
1977  Triumph  740cc T160 Trident Frame no. NK06598 Engine no. NK06598
1977  Triumph  740cc T160 Trident Frame no. NK06598 Engine no. NK06598
1977  Triumph  740cc T160 Trident Frame no. NK06598 Engine no. NK06598
1977  Triumph  740cc T160 Trident Frame no. NK06598 Engine no. NK06598
1977  Triumph  740cc T160 Trident Frame no. NK06598 Engine no. NK06598
1977  Triumph  740cc T160 Trident Frame no. NK06598 Engine no. NK06598
1977  Triumph  740cc T160 Trident Frame no. NK06598 Engine no. NK06598
1977  Triumph  740cc T160 Trident Frame no. NK06598 Engine no. NK06598
1977  Triumph  740cc T160 Trident Frame no. NK06598 Engine no. NK06598
1977  Triumph  740cc T160 Trident Frame no. NK06598 Engine no. NK06598
1977  Triumph  740cc T160 Trident Frame no. NK06598 Engine no. NK06598
1977  Triumph  740cc T160 Trident Frame no. NK06598 Engine no. NK06598
1977  Triumph  740cc T160 Trident Frame no. NK06598 Engine no. NK06598
1977  Triumph  740cc T160 Trident Frame no. NK06598 Engine no. NK06598
1977  Triumph  740cc T160 Trident Frame no. NK06598 Engine no. NK06598
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