Lot 318: Triumph Silver Jubliee 750 Bonneville
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.
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