Lot 143 - 1967 12907 T120 Bonneville
|Estimate||£7,000 - £9,000|
Paul Dunstall started his racing career on a Norton Dominator, finishing his first race at Thruxton in 3rd place then winning his home race at Brands Hatch. Facing Manx Norton's with more of a race pedigree than his Dominator, Dunstall had tuned his bike to be more than competitive. Following his retirement from racing in 1959, Paul Dunstall started to concentrate on tuning and fabrication work. Based in his Scooter dealership, Dunstall was soon supplying Norton riders with various parts, most famously his swept back exhaust pipes plus various other parts such as rear-sets, trimmed mudguards, Goldstar-type silencers, bum-stop seats and alloy fuel tanks sourced from Italy. 1967 was a very successful year for Dunstall motorcycles, notching the World One Hour record at Monza, averaging 126.7mph for the 60 minutes with high records on the straights of over 140mph. More success followed in 1968, with 17 first place wins including Ray Pickrell setting a new lap record in the production class TT, averaging 99.39mph. Dunstall, not wanting to miss out on the success of Triumph, decided to produce parts for the T120 Bonneville in 1967. Capable of low 13 second quarter mile, and with a top speed of 125mph, this machine was testimony to the Dunstall name.
Presented in a partially restored condition, this interesting example comes with a UK registration document and the original green logbook. It is only after reading this green logbook however, that it suddenly dawns on you that the very first name in recorded is none other than Paul Dunstall of Eltham, London. And signed by him. For the price of a light restoration, the next owner will indeed end of with a one-off Dunstall Bonneville owned by the man himself.
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