Vintage Motor Brands Triumph Bonneville Tangerine Dream 1959 - 1:6 (VMB001)
Vintage Motor Brands diecast and resin 1:6 model of the 1959 Triumph Bonneville Tangerine Dream.
The Bonneville took its name from Johnny Allen's successful Triumph-engined attempt to take the world speed record for two-wheeled machines on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1956. The new bike was created largely in response to the US market's demand for a more powerful bike. In fact, the first Bonneville didn't go down particularly well in the US. They didn't like the colour, the old-fashioned headlight nacelle, or the sturdy mudguards. Nevertheless, it set the tone for a hugely popular biking dynasty that is still alive and kicking today.
VMB is a new maker, dedicated to the manufacture of 1:6 motorbikes, but the company is closely associated with a well-known maker of model cars, so they have huge experience in the collectible market. The model measures some 13" in length, and will dominate any display. It will look amazing on the shelf, or in a cabinet. In terms of attention to detail and accuracy, no other model in 1:6 or 1:12 scale has ever come close. It is faithful right down to the tiniest detail: the correct OEM tyres, the 40 hand-laced spokes. Even the Amal branded carbs. complete with lockwire are totally right.
It is quite simply a work of art that pays tribute to perhaps the most famous bike of all time; the first ever Triumph to wear a Bonneville badge. The total production run of the Tangerine Dream will be limited to just 1,000 pieces worldwide. Initially, only 700 bikes are being made.
A few years ago, Minichamps produced a small number of 1:6 classic bikes. On eBay, these models now frequently command sums of £1,000 or more.
And so we are not just confident that the bike is a beautiful piece to look at, we are also convinced that it has great investment potential too.