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1967 Triumph Bonneville Color Change #304576
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I'm redoing a 67 Bonnie and at the point of getting the gas tank painted. Does anyone know at what serial number the bottom color changed from gold to white? Thanks.

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Re: 1967 Triumph Bonneville Color Change [Re: BobM] #304581
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Hi Bob,

According to David Gaylin, the change to Alaskan White as the lower colour happened at # DU48157

Tom

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Tom,

Thanks for the help. Since mine is #DU48723, looks like mine will be Alaskan White.

Bob


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Re: 1967 Triumph Bonneville Color Change [Re: BobM] #304585
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Does Gaylin say when they changed to concentrics?
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Re: 1967 Triumph Bonneville Color Change [Re: SBoyd] #304610
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On the 1967 TR6 the Monobloc was replaced by the Concentric at DU63043

Re: 1967 Triumph Bonneville Color Change [Re: tonupjonnie] #304890
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We never saw the Concentric until the first 1968 model showed up in September of 1967. I was standing in the shop doorway when they rolled it in. We were more excited at the time about the new DLS front brakes and the big numbered instruments. The new carbs were way on down the list.

Details of my own sons births are fading, but I remember that event well. laughing


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Re: 1967 Triumph Bonneville Color Change [Re: RF Whatley] #304918
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SB,
According to John Nelson, the 30mm Concentric carb change on the Bonneville happened at: DU59320. Oddly enough, Gaylin doesn't specify that partiular change in his book.

Tom

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Quote:
Gaylin doesn't specify that partiular change in his book.


Page 210 and 211, although he lists the change for the TR6 at DU50320.


Re: 1967 Triumph Bonneville Color Change [Re: John Healy] #304953
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The information I presented came from The Trophy Bible by Harry Woolridge, page 79.

Re: 1967 Triumph Bonneville Color Change [Re: tonupjonnie] #304995
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Which is why I painted my '67 concentrics Alaskan White.

Don

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Can anyone tell me the colour of the top bit of the tank, the aubergine colour, what is the official name?

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Originally Posted By: Chitown
Can anyone tell me the colour of the top bit of the tank, the aubergine colour, what is the official name?


ummm...that would be aubergine


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Re: 1967 Triumph Bonneville Color Change [Re: darbone85737] #305060
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I've been told that Aubergine is French for eggplant. Can anyone that speaks French tell me if this is true? If so, I just need to go to the supermarket for a nice ripe eggplant to match the color.


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Re: 1967 Triumph Bonneville Color Change [Re: BobM] #305071
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Bob, That would be a very dark shade. To even approach that colour tone you would need to use the gold under coat, the white makes it much lighter. Seems there are as many variants (interpetations) of 'Aubergine' as there are stars. Don Hutchinson has, what I would call, the most accurate match to the original.

Tom

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The Aubergine is a candy colour and depends on the painter for the final shade.
A friend here restored one a few years back and had the painter spray until he was happy.
Trev.

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The base color on all 1967 Triumph gas tanks (except early Bonnies) was Alaskan White, with the second color, Aubergine (purple) in this case, painted over it. My '67 Bonnie was this color. I stripped the paint off the tank prior to a re-paint, so I know this to be the case.
The early Bonnies had a gold underbase, with Aubergine painted over the gold. Pin stripes were white.
My cousin Mike got one of the first '67 Bonnies in October '66 and both he and the dealer were horrified at the gold/purple color scheme; it looked like an Easter egg. He had the tank re-painted in candy blue before taking delivery of the bike.
Unfavorable dealer reaction to the gold/purple paint scheme
caused Triumph to make the color change.

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"Unfavorable dealer reaction to the gold/purple paint scheme "

No accounting for taste, is there? When I had finally scraped up the coin and rode into Sherman Oaks to buy my '67 I discovered that I was too late... no more gold. I had to settle for the Alaskan White. But you are probably right... it was maybe a bit too psychedelic for non-Californians. It's now due for a re-paint and I am sorely tempted to pretend it used to be gold.

I have to say, though, that the next year I bought my '68 TR6R for long distance hauls and it is still my favorite all time color scheme. Riviera Blue and Silver. Very faded now but still beautiful.

Don

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"It's now due for a re-paint and I am sorely tempted to pretend it used to be gold."

Plus one for that - if I had a 67 Bonnie which missed the change, I think I'd waive the originality on that one.

Have a look here (pages 2 and 3), which show that they used the sexier 'swoop' over the top of the badge scheme at one point (like the TR6R of the same year), rather than the (in my opinion) less exciting 'under the badge' scheme (like the TR6C), each of which is shown on page 4.

http://www.classicbike.biz/Triumph/Brochures/1960s/67TriumphBrochureAllModelsOPT.pdf

Aubergine = 'eggplant') we call 'em aubergines over here - divided by a common language and all that.

As for the colour and where to get hold of it: stolen from another forum:

"... sources that some may or may not have for Triumph paint info.

Don Hutchinson is the U.S. source, albeit in original paint types that most modern paint shops refuse to use. www.triumphman.com

M.S. Motorcycles is the U.K. source, available in the typical 2-pack modern stuff
http://www.msmotorcyclesuk.com/

The Austrailian source is Owen Hayward, no website info
Custom Colours
PO Box 329
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customcolours@sctelco.net.au
Contact phone number 08 8389 9182 "

Nick

PS - Triumph replacement parts catalogue no. 5 (from DU44394) says of Aubergine:

"Aubergine is a flamboyant finish applied over silver".

It lists both the Aub/Gold and Aub/White schemes, but doesn't make any distinction for the base colour.

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Just to further confuse things, when at the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group's 1996 meet in Paris, Ontario, I saw two original 2-1/2 gallon 1967 Bonneville tanks with the "over-the-top" two-tone color division as shown in the above brochure, but both tanks were painted Aubergine and Alaskan White.
Maybe this was special for the Canadian market?

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Gold base, then mask the pattern division line, then Alaskan White pattern section, then Aubergine pattern section.

Voila'



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Shall we discuss Grey-topped seats?

(...just don't mention grab rails, single Mikunis and/or crossover header tubes)


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