December the 9th (2017) may be your lucky day. There are a number of Triumphs coming up for auction at the National Motorcycle Museum and all it takes to own one is to bid higher than everyone else. Pride of place is a 1962 Triton with a Thunderbird 6T engine, but there are Bonnies there too.
There's a rather tidy 1964 T120 Bonneville in the auction with an estimated price of between £8,000 and £9,000. It looks to have been fully restored albeit 30 years ago.
If you don't like that then there's also a 1969 T120 Bonneville with the same estimated price as the 1964 lot. This has apparently been owned by one person for the last 40 years and has matching numbers so could be a good buy.
In contrast, there's a 2011 Triumph Bonneville America (865cc) up for auction too but that's only commanding an estimate of around £2,000 to £3,000. It's only got 2,000 miles on it, has been in storage for the last 2 years, and was a Cat-D Insurance Loss. That might put buyers off so you may get something quite cheap here.
Back to the Classics and there's a very clean 1961 Trophy TR6 in the sale also. It's estimate is between £7,000 and £8,000 so if you can't afford the Bonnevilles then this may be a better bet. It has matching numbers and was restored a while ago - but it may need a little bit of work to get it running properly.
The Triton is obviously priced high with an estimate of between £15,000 and £18,000. It was apparently built by Andrew Law with a slimline frame. It's not been ridden in anger (push miles only) and has Campagnolo front brakes.
A third Bonneville is also in the sale, this being a 1961 T120 Bonneville with an estimate of around £10,000 to £12,000. Again this has matching numbers, is all original, and is in running order.
Ok, so if you are looking for a cheap classic Triumph then there is a lot just for you. A 1961 T20 Tiger Cub with an estimate of only £2,000 to £3,000. Once again the engine and frame numbers match. It also has a bikini fairing, is all original, and is in running order. This would be an ideal starter into the world of Classic Triumphs.
The auction is being run by the specialist auction house H and H.