Post Listing Update: Both bikes did not meet reserve – the modern one had 26 bids up to $5,300 while the classic had 19 bids up to $18,200.
The Bonneville is one of the classic nameplates in motorcycling history. Inspired by the Bonneville Salt Flats where many a motorcyclist has aspired for top speed records, Triumph has produced three different runs of the Bonnie since 1959. As you’d expect form a bike that’s been around for this long, there have been several special editions, such as the Silver Jubilee that we’ve previously featured. Today we focus instead on the 50th Anniversary, of which only 650 were produced worldwide (less than 200 made it to the states). But if you’d rather get the original that inspired this bike, the seller has a ’59 for you, too!
Triumph produced 650 limited editions as a reference to the displacement of the original Bonneville. Each Anniversary Edition got a brass plate on the handlebar clamp, a lovely orange and blue paint scheme inspired by the “Tangerine Dream” of the original Bonnie, and a few other cosmetic details like special decals and a chrome cam cover.
This example (VIN: SMT910K179T368831) has just 163 miles, and it’s #172 of the 650 that were built. Find this 50th Anniversary Bonnie for sale in Atlanta, Georgia with bidding up to $2,609 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay.
Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about the ’59. It has 6,483 miles and it spent 25 years on display at a Triumph dealer in the Pacific Northwest. That’s also in Atlanta, this time with bidding up to $7,600 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay.