The beautifully sculpted lines of the early model Bonneville tank are a masterpiece. The Triumph Meriden factory produced its last Bonneville in 1983. Called the T140, it was produced in a number of versions including limited editions, from 1973 until 1983 and had a 750cc engine developed from the earlier 650 cc twins, cast wheels and disc brakes front and back. After the factory went bankrupt, Les Harris licensed production of the T140 and manufactured them in limited numbers between 1985 and 1988, these machines became known as 'Harris' or 'Devon' Bonnevilles. Many wonder just what the British bike industry would have been today if names of the past like BSA, AJS, Matchless, Ariel and many other smaller companies had been able to pull something out of the bag to match the Japanese onslaught. It took John Bloor's bold move in 1990 and the now thriving limited production Norton to bring it back to life. The Bonneville though, is established as the quintessential British bike and will continue to be sought after by collectors and those that want it for the sheer riding pleasure, for many years to come.