1966 Triumph T120TT Special

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Motorcycle Make

Triumph

Model

T120TT Special

Year

1966

Mileage

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Condition

Excellent

Item Location

Pasadena

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The 1966 T120TT, one of the best looking TT's of their run. It's reported from factory records that only 1,306 TT Specials were built. Known as the "Desert Sled", This numbers matching T120TT Special was purchased from the son of the original owner and was converted to a street legal road bike. After extensive research, I was able to buy the correct missing parts which led to a full cosmetic restoration by Bill West of Vintage Works, 28yrs. ago. The correct shades of paint were applied to the original tank. The motor shows no sign of wear, Bill West's opinion and doesn't leak oil. The chrome and bright work were polished and coated to show quality standards. Aluminum fenders and off set tach bracket are in place. This beauty is correct all the way down to the white grips. Rubber gators which were new then are in need of replacement now. 
 A sound and handsome addition to any collection. With Calif tittle only. 

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  • So after reviewing your engine numbers in photoshop...it looks as if that "6" could be a "3'. If so, the I take back the observations of this being questionable. For your own benefit. Please post clear photos of the engine and frame numbers. I will not nit pick the other bits.......... Again, my apologies if that is indeed a "3" and not a "6" as it appears. you know what they say, "Of the 3000 TT's built, it is a shame only 4000 of them are left."
  • Hi, Some issues regarding your bike. I do own a verified 1966 TT special and have done a lot of research as well. 1) Though not a clear photo, DU 61525 is clearly a late 1967 engine number. DU 44394 was the first 1967 650 engine number with DU 66245 the last. The 1966 model year numbers were DU 24875 - DU 44393. 2) Some very early 1967 TT's were stamped as yours with the two larger TT after the T120. These were built in April of 1966, the start of the 1967 model year run. Any built after engine number DU 39731 would have used a block stamp for T120TT. Your engine stamps raise questions with regards to these facts. Without a clear photo of the frame numbers, I cannot comment on it but the frame numbers should be stamped on the left upper downtube at the neck and should be T120TT followed by the DU XXXX. They should match the engine stampings. Any other things about the bike are minor and easy to correct. This is a nice looking bike, but in my opinion, it cant be verified as a real TT bike, either from 1967 or 1966. For a reference to my statements : https://www.triumph-t120c-tt-special.com/single-post/2017/12/04/Buying-a-TT-Special Many of these bikes were raced an wrecked and rebuilt with spare frames, engine cases etc. The gentleman that runs the website I included has access to all the factory data and can verify engine numbers as to being built as T120C or T120TT. He only charges about $15 USD for this but if one is selling a $15,000 + bike, it would be important to have that information. I honestly don't believe you are trying to deceive anyone and please don't take it that way. All I am attempting to do is provide information. And if I am incorrect, please accept my apology . Since the bike is in Pasadena, you could have it checked out by John Calicchio at Triumph Classic Motorcycles in Costa Mesa. http://www.triumphclassicmotorcycles.com/index.htm Mike
  • Glad for the info, You certainly seem to know your T120TT. At this late date in a career of owning all the bikes I have it’s time for the next owner to make it even better. Thanks for your interest, MBaker
  • Thanks for the reply, I do want to congratulate you on what appears to be a very attractive bike. Motivates me to complete mine, just to complicate things I am also restoring a 65 TR6SC at the same time as its a great companion bike, and similar features. *IF* the instrument is working correctly the correct grey face can be installed easily, but if you research these bikes, your instrument with the black face is typical in late 69 or most 70 and later models. Triumph used a lot of different ratios so having a speedo drive and the instrument work as a pair can be a challenge. Not a big deal and only a obsessive Triumph person would notice. As to the Ignition I know some people who have made the original ET ignitions work and work well, but the average person will struggle. The original coils also crack open with age. Some people reseal them, but JRC dealers often order modern replacements that if you peer under the tank, you can see are not original ET coils but will work well with that system. I have all the original parts and wrapped in bags and labeled but for performance and reliability upgraded the ignition and charging to a modern system and except for looking under the tank no one will ever know. The eternal debate on these competition models. Keep factory original or upgrade?
  • Sir, To the best of my knowledge the original type ignition system is in place, no aftermarket coils are in place. The gauge face color isn’t a true black but I wouldn’t call it dove grey either. Thanks for the questions and interest, M Baker.
  • Be interesting how this does, at the Las Vegas Auction an earlier T120C model clocked impressive numbers. I have as well as 66 T120C so always keep an eye on the C & TT models. This looks nicely done, GLWTS! However, might be helpful to detail if the Original ET ignition or an updated system fitted. The original ET was not known to be easy or reliable to maintain, although some have mastered it, But When I was at the San Jose Clubmans shows about 10 yrs back, Gary Nixon had a 66TT in the show, He used updated coils, so I figure if its good enough for Gary Nixon, Its good enough for me! Also, shouldnt the tach be a grey face?
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