1959 Pre-Unit Bonneville T120 650cc

Bag a beautiful Bonneville

Riley Riley

Eight Triumph Bonneville motorcycles are expected to create international interest when they go under the hammer at Shannons Late Autumn sale in Sydney.

The Bonnevilles, from the same Canberra-based enthusiast, have been professionally-restored, and are among 18 classic motorcycles in the 55 lot vehicle and memorabilia auction line up on May 20.

The two standout Triumphs on offer are a very desirable 1959 first year Pre-Unit Bonneville T120 650cc (guiding range $45,000-$48,000) and a 1970 Bonneville T120R with its odometer showing just 1004 miles covered since its ground-up restoration ($20,000-$24,000).

Both motorcycles are in their correct colours, with the 1959 ‘Bonnie’ understood to be just the 102nd T120 model built early that year and has covered just 605 miles since its restoration.

The 1970 T120R is important to collectors as the last Bonneville model built with its oil tank under the seat, before Triumph adopted an oil-in-frame system.

Other Triumph Bonnevilles being auctioned in similar fully-restored condition include examples from 1963, 1964, 1969 and 1970, with guiding ranges spanning $18,000-$25,000.

Another earlier Triumph motorcycle in the auction is an older-restored circa-1926 Model P 500cc solo offered as part of a deceased estate, with an alternative for Veteran bike enthusiasts being a rare circa-1910 Speedwell early Australian motorcycle.

Both are being offered with no reserve, with the Triumph expected to sell in the $8000-$10,000 range and the rare single cylinder Speedwell expected to bring $18,000-$22,000.

Other interesting motorcycles in the auction include two restored Suzuki RM80 motocross motorcycles from 1978 and 1981, both offered with ‘no reserve’ and each expected to sell for $2000-$3000.

Also expected to create strong interest among Ducati enthusiasts is a one-owner 2002 Limited Edition 748R from the model’s final year of production.

Believed to be one of only 10 delivered to Australia in Red, it is expected to sell with ‘no reserve’ for $14,000-$18,000.

Other motorcycles offered with ‘no reserve’ include a very original ex-military BSA WM21 equipped with pannier bags and other period accessories that would make a great club bike ($8,000-$10,000).

A circa-1936 ACME Autocycle that hasn’t been ridden for many years, but is in complete and original condition, is expected to bring $1500-$2000.

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