Lot 141 - 1990 13093 T160 Legend
|Odometer reading||89 miles|
|Estimate||£13,000 - £17,000|
|Result||Sold - £10,080|
The Triumph factory race team manager, Les Williams, originally began his love affair with the motorbike while working for Meriden's service department and, after two years moved into the experimental department which enabled him to do just about anything he saw fit, while building a bike to win races. Best known for 'Slippery Sam', a team he owned when he bought the Trident he had prepared for Ray Pickrell and Tony Jeffries, he enjoyed great success with the production racing T150 winning the Isle of Man TT on five consecutive occasions. Les went on to set up a spares and servicing operation, which is now celebrating over 30 years of serving enthusiasts all over the world and offered bespoke building of race replicas according to demand.
As a testament to the four out of five Isle of Man TT wins accredited to Les Williams and the 'Slippery Sam' team Les created, this T160 was built for the current vendor who in his wisdom ordered two. When you consider the five year waiting list at the time, this seems like a cunning plan. A direct replica of the production racer and sporting the five times TT winning decals on the rear section, this Legend is truly a rare opportunity to own a piece of Motorcycle history. Having covered less than 90 test miles by Les Williams prior to delivery, this machine remains in the condition in which it was delivered and has not turned a driven wheel since that day. We also have acquired all documents and correspondence for the sale, along with an insight into the Triumph Legend and Les Williams written in a 1988 copy of British Bike Mechanics magazine as well as a piece written about Les Williams that featured a cover shot of this very bike alongside Les William's own Legend from the Classic Bike Guide in 1990. The Triumph T160 Legend was certainly an apt name for such a creation and would hold prize position for many Triumph enthusiasts.
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