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Lot 159: Triumph X75 Hurricane

Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 June 2012)

Back in 1969, BSA-Triumph's US distributors asked motorcycle styling guru Craig Vetter to create a customised BSA Rocket 3 that would capture the free-wheeling, laid-back approach to biking best exemplified by the 'chopper' and popularised worldwide by the movie Easy Rider, released that same year. With its slightly raked frame, extended front fork, up-swept three-pipe exhaust system and eyeball-popping bodywork, there had been nothing like the Vetter BSA before. By the time the concept reached production in '72, the BSA brand name was moribund and Vetter's creation had become a Triumph, though one that kept the Rocket 3's inclined cylinder block. Apart from the change of badge, the production Hurricane remained remarkably faithful to Vetter's original vision. One of the motorcycling icons of the 1970s, the limited edition Hurricane was produced for little more than one season and today is highly sought after. Originally despatched from the factory to Triumph Corporation in Baltimore, USA, this particular Hurricane was purchased by the current vendor in the UK two years ago and is currently registered in France. We are advised that the paintwork is new (though there is a scratch on the tank) and that the engine was running very well when last started one year ago. The machine is offered with TR3OC dating certificate, sundry expired MoTs, French Carte Grise and a copy of the last Swansea V5C document, which reveals that it was first registered in the UK in September 2006.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford, UK
Lot Number159
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating
Registration numberFWW 606L
Chassis numberXH01950
Engine numberXH01950
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Engine - cylinders
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