The T120C ‘Competition Sports’ or TT Special Bonneville as it was better known was introduced in 1964, and was aimed mainly at the American competition market. Triumphs had already proved popular and successful on the flat-track and motor cross circuits in the the USA so this was a fantastic opportunity for customers to have ‘hot’ Bonnie direct from the factory.
One of only 798 TT’s produced in 1965 it featured a smaller fuel tank and short, open exhaust pipes that have a thunderous sound, an engine that now produced an impressive 54 bhp with 11: 2 : 1 pistons, improved cams and weight saving energy transfer ignition, as well as tachometer-only instrumentation, alloy mud guards and a larger-section front tyre.
This genuine matching number example was despatched to Johnson Motors, California on 14th October 1965 from where it was repatriated to the UK in 2007 after which it was subject to a comprehensive restoration to the original factory specification. A detailed list of the rebuild is documented in the history file along with a copy of the American ( California ) Cert. of Title.
Road registered in the UK in 2008 the bike has seen little use covering only a few test miles but took part in the Bonneville 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2009. This fabulous example remains in pristine condition and is ready to go, it is also supplied a TMOC dating letter stating that it is a genuine ‘TT’ and the UK V5C logbook. The holy grail of 60’s built Triumph motorcycles.