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1966 Triumph 650cc TT Bonneville

Lot No.: 19

Registration: JKE170D
Frame Number: DU27965
Side Car: No
Engine Number: T120 CDU27965
CC: 650cc
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Estimate (£): 8,500 - 12,500
Sold for (£): Unsold

1966 Triumph Bonneville - In 1959 the Bonneville's promotional material reads: "The Bonneville T120 offers the highest performance available today from a standard production motorcycle. This is the motorcycle for the really knowledgeable enthusiast who can appreciate and use the power provided." In reality the "Bonnie's" formula for success was its spartan simplicity and outstanding performance. It was light, fast, handled extremely well and the evocative Bonneville name itself, in honour of the Texan racer Johnny Allen's high-speed runs in the "Texas Cigar" streamliner at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the mid-1950s, helped create a legend.

The development time for the early model had been short and Triumph consistently improved its T120 throughout the 1960s. The engine and gearbox were combined into a single unit and an improved frame was introduced in 1963. The engine was later enlarged from 650cc to 744cc for the Bonneville T140. However, the T120 model is generally regarded as the high point of classic Triumph design.

This 1966 Triumph TT Bonneville 650cc was built in order to compete in beach racing on the east coast of America. It is described by the owner as a beautiful runner that sounds utterly devastating. Complete with UK registration number JKE 170D and complimentary flames on overrun, this bike would be the ultimate Bonneville for the discerning collector.