Lot 124 - 1967 13093 Bonneville Replica
|Estimate||£9,000 - £11,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,840|
The Thruxton version of Triumph's Bonneville took its name from the endurance race held at the eponymous Hampshire circuit. Intended for production machines, the Thruxton 500-Mile race provided manufacturers with a valuable marketing opportunity, known in the trade as 'Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday'.
The first batch of eight specially prepared Thruxton Bonnevilles
was completed in 1964 and the model was first listed in Triumph's
1965 catalogue. Exiled from its Hampshire home for several years,
the 500-Miler was held at Castle Combe in '65 and saw the Thruxton
Bonneville gain its first major success, when Barry Lawton and Dave
Degens brought their Syd Lawton-entered example home first. Ridden
by Degens and Rex Butcher, another Lawton & Wilson-entered
Thruxton won the 500-Mile race in 1966, held that year at Brands
Hatch which was followed by victories in the Isle of Man Production
TT in 1967 and 1969. The production of Thruxton Bonnevilles had
ceased by that time but it is believed that some 73 Thruxton
Bonnevilles were produced between 1964 and the end of 1967.
Thruxton Bonneville's are often a favorite amongst Triumph fans but to have one restored and built by one of the foremost experts, George Hopwood, is somewhat of a treat. This beautiful example, presented in white and blue, has only ever had 579 miles accredited to the 650cc engine. Having commissioned George Hopwood to restore the bike in 2002, the previous owner then sold to the current vendor in 2008 and since then, it has been dry stored in his static collection until this day and preserving the work undertaken. Accompanying the lot is a detailed breakdown from George Hopwood of all works undertaken along with a V5 registration certificate and letter from the Archives collection confirming its original order and supply. A stunning bike restored by an expert makes for, we think, a highly collectable example.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.