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Lot 318: Triumph Silver Jubliee 750 Bonneville

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

Queen Elizabeth picked a heck of a year to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of her coronation, as England was deep in the throes of a recession and a wave of outrageous musical rebellion. She was lauded both by the Sex Pistols and the Socialist worker's co-operative which had taken over the Triumph factory in 1973, when management attempted to shut down the site and move production elsewhere. After a long blockade and sit-in, the newly formed Meriden Co-op resumed production with government assistance and loans in 1975, making a slightly updated version of the 1974 models which were strike-bound and never reached dealers. Times were moving on, and new US regulations demanded a left-foot gearchange to harmonize worldwide production, engine capacity was standardized at 750cc, while a rear disc brake was added to keep up with modern standards of braking for what was becoming a very long-in-the-tooth design. And yet, there was still tremendous appeal in the traditional Triumph design, having earned its place as the standard of tasteful design and truly enjoyable all-around motorcycling. For 1977, a special Jubilee model was made in limited numbers for UK, US, and foreign markets, with each motorcycle bearing a birth certificate declaring its origin. Special red, white and blue accenting over a silver basecoat, a bit of extra chrome and polish, and uprated gas shocks, made for a lovely commemorative machine.

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number318
Estimate$10000-$12000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1977
Condition rating3
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Mileage-
Chassis numberT140VJP84721J
Engine numberT140VJP84721J
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
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