1977 Triumph Bonneville T140 Silver Jubilee, 744cc. Registration number VNV 594S. Frame number JP 84648J. Engine number JP 84648J.
The final phase of the Triumph twin's development began in 1972 with the first appearance of the new 750cc version of the Bonneville, the increase in bore size necessitating a new crankcase to accommodate the larger barrels. Other improvements included a new ten-stud cylinder head, triplex primary chain, stronger transmission and a disc front brake. A five-speed gearbox, introduced on the preceding 650 Bonneville, was standard equipment on the 750. Despite the age of the basic design and strong competition from Japanese and European manufacturers, the Bonnie remained for many years the UK's top-selling 750. In 1977 Triumph introduced a special, limited edition Bonneville to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee. This was basically the standard Bonnie enhanced by a red, white and blue on silver finish, coachlined cycle parts, and a chromed timing cover and primary chaincase. One thousand were made for the UK and another thousand for the USA, while a further 400 were despatched to other markets.
VNV was sold on the 21st October 1977 to Michael Bailey of Rushden and comes with the dealer certificate signed by the Chairman of Meriden, Denis Crowder Johnson. Our vendor bought it from him in 1998. There are MOT certificates dating from 1980 at 3,732 miles to 1985 at 4,910 miles, 1998 when bought by our vendor at 5,291 miles, 2001 at 6,410 miles 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013, and the last in 2015 at 7,466 miles, today it is 7,517.
An electronic ignition has been added and the bike was refreshed along with Grimeca calipers and new exhaust system, all of the old parts have been kept.
Sold with the V5C, MOT's mentioned, various receipts and the aforementioned original parts.