Lot 111 - 1963 12873 Sherpa 4 speed
|Estimate||£2,000 - £4,000|
|Result||Sold - £2,240|
The origin of the Bultaco motorcycle company dates back to May
1958, Francesc "Paco" Bultó was a director of the Montesa
Motorcycle Company and after disagreements between Bultó and the
other senior director Pere Permanyer (the majority shareholder)
felt that the company should withdraw from racing. Bultó, the
driving force behind the racing program was violently opposed.
Failing to reach a compromise, Bultó decided to leave Montesa to
concentrate on his other business interests. Perhaps
unsurprisingly, the majority of Montesa's racing department left
shortly afterwards, forming Bultaco.
Perhaps the most famous Bultaco model is the Sherpa T, a trials bike, which revolutionised the sport in the 1960s. At that time trials were almost exclusively a British sport using big heavy four-stroke machines. Irish trials ace, Sammy Miller, teamed with Bultó to produce a lightweight two-stroke machine which, overnight, rendered the heavy four-strokes obsolete. Miller won the gruelling Scottish Six Days Trial in 1965 and then repeated the feat with wins in 1967 and 1968. He also claimed the European Trials Championship in 1968 and 1970. Bultaco dominated the World Trials Championship in the 1970s, winning the title eight times and winning the Scottish Six Days Trial four times.
This 250cc, four-speed Sherpa presented in silver with red flare has been subject to an older restoration, including refurbished heads, and is offered in very good order with V5 registration certificate and at a favourable estimate for auction.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.