1966 West Coast Triumph T120C TT Special
After much thought and deliberation, I've decided reluctantly to sell my beautiful 1966 TT Special, restored professionally at no expense by Triumph restoration expert, Terry Macdonald in 2016. The history of the bike, which I imported from California where it had been used as a desert sled, is documented in the blog on this site, together with details of the restoration process. It has been built for road use using period correct competition lighting (powered by batteryless Boyer Power Box coupled with Pazon electronic ignition) and is fitted with a Triumph twin leading shoe brake and other deviations from standard to make it rideable. If so wished it could be returned to factory original with little effort with parts included in the sale (including original wheel rims, SLS front brake plate, fork top shrouds without headlamp ears, original Girling shocks). As it is, it's typical of the TT Specials ridded by young Americans on the road in the '60s - which were never, ever left as they came from the factory.
Carbs are original dated Monoblocs, re-sleeved by Kevin Traill of Alverstoke restoration. Cylinder head rebuilt and flowed by The Cylinder Head Shop with hardened valve seats for unleaded and Nucleus valves and guides. Resleeved barrels with 9:1 LF Harris pistons, new E3134 cams. Timed engine breather replaced with improved Thruxton-style breather via primary chaincase. Much more (full details available on request).
The bike is now fitted with valanced Morad (formerly Akront) alloy wheels - typical of those popular on bikes like this in the '60s (unlike the non-valanced ones in the photos which were more common in the '70s). Original rims are included in the sale. The bike is stunning to look at, rides beautifully and in a different league entirely from any other I've seen advertised, anywhere. My intention was to hold onto this one forever and I'm still not entirely sure I wish to sell it. The trouble is, I'm a bike rider and not a collector, and having spent and absolute fortune on this one, I'm reluctant to ride it! It's just too nice to get dirty! Just 127 miles since it was restored on the reconditioned speedo, which in two years isn't anything.
So I'm making a half-hearted attempt to sell it through my website. I'm asking for £20,950. Compared to some of the junk masquerading as TT Specials I've seen advertised in the UK (please read my blog post on "Buying a TT Special"), this is a very fair price - it certainly cost me a lot more. I'm in no great hurry to sell it. If the right person sees this though then it really is a rare opportunity to buy an outstanding example of the '66 TT Special.
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November 2018. Morad valanced alloys and knee pads fitted.