This Thruxton Bonneville is the very first one of the 52 that Triumph built in 1965 . So can be considered to be the first Triumph named Thruxton model. This bike is owned by my brother Richard. And I had the pleasure of restoring it for him . I was lucky enough to take the bike to the Manx with Digger and reunite it with Ray Knight, the TT winner of the 1968 500 class, won on a Daytona. Ray did two laps around the Jurby circuit. Truly a very rare and very special Triumph.
This machine was manufactured at New Imperial’s factory in Spring Road, Hall Green Birmingham, in December 1936, but was not registered until 23 March 1938. The cost when new was £49,10s.
It is reputed that this motorcycle was painted with blue mudguards toolbox and chain guard from new. This is very unusual for this model This is a very heavy bike for the 247cc engine as it uses the same frame as the 350cc and 500cc models.
Most of this bike was acquired by my Dad in the 1960’s and had been used for scrambling so was in rather a sorry state. Over the years I managed to find all the parts to put it back into road trim and completed the restoration some 10 years ago. It is a lovely bike to ride with quite good performance and decent brakes for an old-un! Has done great service on VMCC runs over the years.