Tea with Hot Sauce: 1967 Triumph Bonneville with Tracy Bodywork
While this Triumph Bonneville with Tracy bodywork is really more dirt-track than actual sportbike, but it’s cool and rare enough I thought it was worth a post.
During the wild-and-woolly 1960s and 1970s, body kits could be found for all kinds of cars and bikes and change your workaday VW Bug or UJM into something much more individual. Some were complete garbage, and some were of very high quality. Tracy Nelson’s Fiberglas Works’ were of the latter variety. Based out of Santa Cruz and inspired by Craig Vetter’s creations, Tracy designed one-piece bodywork that replaced heavy steel tanks, side panels, and seat with one-piece replacements that both lightened the bike and lowered its center of gravity.
When Tracy kits turn up, they tend to be decked out with wild period paintjobs or metal-flake custom insanity and are sometimes grafted on to home-brew choppers of dubious quality. This example keeps things simple and is a very appropriate baby blue that really shows off the bodywork to good effect.
From the original eBay listing: 1967 Triumph Bonneville with Tracy Bodywork for Sale
Built by: B & D Cycles Triumph Restorations of Clinton, WI.
Cosmetically in beautiful shape as well.
Tracy body is solid and finished in high quality “Team Triumph” blue/white. Tank was properly lined to resist ethanol fuel damage to fiberglass.
Not many of these Tracy bodies survived the ’70s in this nice of condition… or at all.
Stored in a climate controlled environment and ridden on a fairly regular basis.
Numbers matching T120 frame and motor. TR6 head (had to be used to fit the Tracy body kit).
Engine was completely rebuilt a couple of years ago.
Bike has Clubman bars, Bates headlight and Mighty Mite electronics with capacitor.
Reverse magaphone mufflers, ’68 front wheel and brake assembly laced to a Borrani Shoulder rim.
Tires and tubes are excellent.
Bike is ready to ride and enjoy right now. No worries.
VERY STRONG RUNNER!! PLENTY OF POWER!!
A VERY cool, clean and unusual bike for not a lot of money.
You will NOT park next to someone on another Triumph like this… period.
The seller also helpfully includes a walk around tour and a cold startup video. With just a couple days left on the auction and a starting bid of $4,650, I’m surprised there’s been little interest so far. It looks this might go for far less than a similarly stock Bonneville and offers up a bit of American hot sauce to spice up your Brit-bike Earl Grey.