Minichamps MIN122133001 1959 Triumph Bonneville 650 T120 Motorcycle - Blue and Grey (1:12 Scale)
"The Best Motorcycle in the World."
- 1959 Triumph advertisement
The Triumph Bonneville was first produced in 1959 and remained on the market in different variants up to 1988. The high-performance, twin-carburetor fed version of the 650cc engine was derived from the existing Triumph T110 Tiger. Its maximum power of 46bhp was sufficient for a top speed of over 110mph. Such performance together with its great looks, lightweight and good handling established the Bonneville's success, especially in the United States, where the company found a ready market in the late 1950s.
Triumph claimed the Bonneville to be "The Best Motorcycle in the World" in its 1959 advertisements. Their sales brochures claimed that "The Bonneville 120 offers the highest performance available today from a standard production motorcycle. This is the motorcycle for the real enthusiast who knows to appreciate and use the power provided." Triumph named the bike "Bonneville" to commemorate Johnny Allen's record runs at the Great Salt Lake of Bonneville, Utah, during the mid-1950s.
Pictured here is a fabulous 1:12 scale diecast replica of a 1959 Triumph Bonneville 650 T120 motorcycle painted in grey and blue. Comes in a handsome presentation case. Sold Out!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: 2007
Historical Account: "Salt of the Earth" - The Bonneville Salt Flats are a 159 square mile (412 km) salt flat in the Great Salt Lake Desert in northwestern Utah. The depth of the salt has been recorded at 6 feet (1.8 m) in many areas. A remnant of the ancient Lake Bonneville of glacial times, the salt flats are now public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. It is the largest of many salt flats located west of the Great Salt Lake.
Each rainfall erases tire marks and flattens the densely-packed salt pan that is inhospitable to plants. The area is extremely flat and aligned nearly perfectly with the shape of Earth.
The salt flats are perhaps most famous for their use as the Bonneville Speedway for high-speed race cars which have achieved speeds in excess of 600 miles per hour (1000 km/h). There are now three annual meets where vehicles compete for high speeds on the salt flats - SCTA's Speed Week, held in August of each year, USFRA's World of Speed, held in September of each year, and World Finals, held in October of each year. There is an annual meet held only for motorcycles called the BUB Meet which is usually held between Speed Week and World of Speed.