Anyone have a good source for Triumph T120 Bonneville Production numbers? Just curious what years and sub-models are rarest. I can buy a book if needed, but a post similar to this would absolutely rule!!
Both the TOMCC Machine Registrar and the VMCC have copies of all the surviving factory records (less those destroyed by enemy action in WW2)
The TOMCC Registrar lives four miles from me and I have been round to his place and seen the microfishe of my T120 with the engine, frame and gearbox numbers, model number and delivery details. Cool!
Clearly the original 1959 T120s ("Tangerine Dream") are the rarest, followed by 1960 Duplex, then 61/62 Duplex (all pre-unit). Actual production numbers may yet contradict me, but certainly pre-unit models command the highest prices today as, for some reason, they remain much more popular, despite the fact that the later unit-construction bikes had ironed out many of the pre-unit niggles. I think the original uncluttered teardrop tank shape with the 5-bar gate tank badge had a lot to do with the popularity of the early models. It was the heyday of Triumph whereas the later models were built against a backdrop of financial difficulties, mergers (leading to dilution of brand identity and loyalty), industrial unrest and increasing Japanese competition. All this took the edge off the pride. I know, I was a teenager in England at the time and CRAVED a pre-unit Bonneville. It took me another 40 years to get one!
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