A long time interest of mine so I though I would share so pictures I've acquired from the likes of eBay
and on here. My intent is to show some of the subtle differences between years and give an idea of how the colours were applied. My interest tends to be 63-70 650's but I have a few later and some 500's. Please feel free to add anything extra.
Triumph used both solid, metallic and candy finishes. The candy finishes were supposed to have a metallic (silver or gold) base coat. Quite often it seems this may have been omitted from production machines.
First a 64 Bonnie tank, pinched from TR6Ray. Gold and Alaskan White.
Points worth noting, the tank was painted all gold before the white was applied. The separating line does not run straight along the bottom inside edge but curves inward before turning in before the fuel tap bosses.
65 Bonnie tank. I've seen this pic on a few sites. Pacific Blue and Silver Sheen. Pacific blue is a candy applied over silver sheen.
Again the entire tank was first painted Blue, the scratches seem to show a silver base coat for the blue (it could be grey primer but my 66 TR6 had a green primer/ filler under the original paint) before the silver was added.
Take a look at the separating line under the tank. Instead of curving inward it follows the underside edge of the tank before turning in before the fuel tap bosses.
66 Home market TR6. Pacific Blue and Alaskan White. First year of the eyebrow badge, we now require a pinstripe to hide the separating line at the from of the tank.
Big UK tank, the separating line drops from the badge but continues the curve of the badges back edge. It then disappears under the tank. The front separating line comes straight forward from below the main eyebrow of the badge. The decals
appear to be water slides, hard to tell if they were once seperate. The finish appears to have the candy "look" achieved when using a silver base.
My 66 TR6. Painted before I had ever seen an original so layout is a little off. Paint is cellulose supplied by John Critchlow, Pacific blue over Silver Sheen then 2K clear.
A touch darker than the reference pic.
66 TR6R. Pacific Blue and Alaskan White.
Shows the separating line follows the badge curve and emulates the 65 Bonnie tank on the underside. Safe to assume Home Market tank would be the same. Finish appears to be more solid blue than the Home Market machine, most likely due to neglect.
66 TR6C. This is a very rare bike and it's taking me 12 years to find a pic of an OE tank. Colour scheme same as TR6 and TR6R but laid out same as T120R.
Once again you can see the decal
is two parts, also that it's spaced outside the stripes. Also worth noting that absolutely no effort has been made to remove the hard masking line below the stripe. Seems to go against the idea of a pre made mask.
66 T120. Same layout as the TR6 in Grenadier Red and Alaskan White lined in Gold.
This is a random pic I found online. Interestingly the UK reg number, KHM47D shows that this bike was registered in East Ham (the HM in reg) same as my TR6 and 4 vehicles after my TR6 which was MHM43D
66 T120R Grenadier Red and Alaskan White.
More to come