Lot 353 - 1965 Triumph T120R Bonneville

Lot 353 - 1965 Triumph T120R Bonneville

Lot 353 - 1965 Triumph T120R Bonneville

Lot Number 353
Registration HVK 205C
Chassis Number T12ORDV30857
Engine Number T12ORDV30857
Odometer reading 13 miles
Estimate £7,000 - £10,000
Result Sold - £10,080

The Bonneville T120 was Edward Turner's last production design at Triumph. Launched in 1959 by Triumph as "The Best Motorcycle in the World", the Bonneville T120 was aimed mainly at the lucrative US market where enthusiasts were demanding extra performance, but was developed so quickly that it was not included in the 1959 Triumph catalogue. The original Triumph Bonneville was a 650cc parallel-twin (two-cylinder) motorcycle manufactured by Triumph Engineering and later by Norton Villiers Triumph between 1959 and 1974. It was based on the company's Triumph Tiger T110 and was fitted with the same twin 1 and 3/16 inch Amal monobloc carburettors as standard, together with the high-performance inlet camshaft. It was initially produced with a pre-unit construction engine which enabled the bike to comfortably achieve 115mph without further modification. Later T120 Bonneville used a new frame which contained the engine oil instead of using a separate tank; this became known as the oil in frame version. The T120 engine, both in standard configuration and especially when tuned for increased performance, was popular in café racers such as TriBSAs and particularly Tritons.

This matching numbers T120R was built 7th December, 1965 and dispatched from the works on the 20th December to the USA. Having been re-imported in 2014, it was comprehensively restored by a Triumph specialist. The frame has been powder coated, the tank re-painted, the top end of the engine completely rebuilt and fitted with electronic ignition and new carburettors. Too many new parts were fitted to list here but there is a build sheet that comes with this stunning example. It has only covered a few test miles since the work was completed and remains in absolutely excellent condition throughout. It is supplied with a UK V5C registration document, dating certificate and an MoT test certificate valid until December 2015.

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.

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