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Lot 435: 1972 Triumph 750cc Trident Production Racing Motorcycle

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 October 2005)

Although up-staged in the showroom by Japanese rivals, the Triumph and BSA 750 triples did more than enough on the racetrack to ensure their place in motorcycling history. BSA-Triumph’s Chief Engineer Doug Hele supervised engine development throughout 1969, while frame builder Rob North devised a chassis that would stand the test of time like few others. The team narrowly missed victory at the 1970 Daytona 200, its first major event, when Gene Romero finished second on a Triumph. Dick Mann’s BSA won at Daytona in 1971 and John Cooper, also BSA-mounted, at Mallory Park’s Race of the Year, vanquishing the hitherto unbeatable combination of Giacomo Agostini and MV. Percy Tait and Ray Pickrell had won the 24-hour Bol d’Or endurance race the preceding week on another Triple, and Cooper wrapped up a memorable international season for BSA-Triumph with victory in the 250-mile race at Ontario in October. As a production racer the Triple was equally dominant, as the number of important production race victories achieved (most notably by the works Triumph ‘Slippery Sam’) is eloquent testimony.

This Trident was purchased as a Slippery Sam replica (cosmetics only) and converted to proper production racing specification in 1998 using a new works-type frame, modified for extra ground clearance, and a full-race engine built by recognised specialists Triple Cycles. In the hands of current owner Brian Wackett the Trident achieved numerous top-three finishes, winning the CRMC Championship in 1999 and the prestigious Race of the Year at Cadwell Park the following year. Last used in 2000 and presented in excellent, running condition, this potentially most competitive production racing Trident is offered with a set of winner’s laurels.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number435
Estimate£4000-£5000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£3800
Hammer Price (inc premium)£4370
Year1972
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