1975 Triumph Trident 750 T160V


  • Current owner for 27 years
  • Original Ohio title included
  • TR3OC dating certificate confirming June 1975 build
  • Low mileage of 17,908 miles

The Appeal

The Triumph Trident T160 is a revered classic motorcycle, and in its day, was one of the most technically advanced bikes in the world. Indeed, many motorcycle historians tend to vouch for this as the industry's first superbike - having pipped the legendary Honda CB750 at the post by a scant few weeks. 

As the last of the Trident series, the T160V holds a special place in the hearts of enthusiasts, combining British engineering with a unique three-cylinder engine that offers a smooth and powerful ride.

This particular 1975 Triumph Trident T160V stands out due to its well-documented history and careful ownership. With only three owners from new and the current owner having cherished it for 27 years, this motorcycle is a superb example through and through. The vendor informs us that the bike is in stunning original condition, having been kept in a heated dry garage and never exposed to wet conditions.

History and Paperwork

  • Registered in 1975
  • Sold in July 1990 with 14,460 miles on the odometer
  • Shipped to the UK in 1991 and registered in the UK as AVS288N
  • Bike was sold at Sotheby's auction in April 1991
  • Given a +20 rebore in June 1991
  • Petrol tank refurbishment in June 1992, receipts included
  • MoT certificates for 1991 through to 1999 included
  • The vendor purchased the bike in 1997 with 16,361 miles on the odometer
  • Some MoT certificates included
  • Currently on SORN
  • Comes with TR3OC dating certificate confirming June 1975 build
  • Original Ohio title included
  • Currently indicates 17,908 miles on a five-figure odometer - less than 3,500 miles have been covered while in the UK

The Condition

  • The bike is lovely to look at with those iconic lines still in excellent order
  • Cherokee Red and White with Gold coachlines
  • Never been out in the wet in my ownership
  • Always covered in a heated dry garage
  • Original paint on frame has some marks and imperfections
  • Two very minor marks on the petrol tank that were touched in
  • Seat is free of any rips or tears
  • Instruments are clear and legible
  • All mechanical components look in good order

The Mechanics

  • Air-cooled 750cc OHV triple powerplant
  • Manual transmission with 5 gears
  • Not leaking any oil other than a tiny weep at the chain case drain plug
  • Boyer electronic ignition
  • Starts on the electric starter with a good modern battery fitted
  • The bike master cylinders and brake hoses were replaced a few years ago as the original hoses had deteriorated inside
  • They were replaced with Stainless cylinders and braided hoses
  • All electrics work as intended
  • Western bars replaced with UK original low bars
  • New featherlight clutch cable fitted
  • The bike is reportedly starting and running as expected with no reported issues

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1975
  • Make Triumph
  • Model Trident 750
  • Colour Dark red
  • Odometer 17,908 Miles
  • Engine size 750
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Perth & Kinross
  • Location Scotland
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
13 bids from 7 bidders
  • Rory24 £6,800 20/06/24
  • Rory24 £6,300 20/06/24
  • barton1•••• £6,200 20/06/24
  • christi•••• £6,100 17/06/24
  • iain_a_•••• £6,000 16/06/24
  • christi•••• £5,200 14/06/24
  • Pnic69 £5,000 13/06/24
  • christi•••• £4,750 13/06/24
  • Pnic69 £4,500 13/06/24
  • christi•••• £4,400 13/06/24

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