Lot 318 - 1977 Bultaco Sherpa T 250
|Estimate||£2,500 - £4,000|
Perhaps the most famous Bultaco model is the Sherpa T, a trials bike which revolutionised the sport in the 1960s. Bultaco had benefitted from the input of the Rickman brothers when developing their early motocross models and repeated the pattern of employing an established star and development engineer when they entered the trials arena, by retaining the services of Sammy Miller. The result was introduced to the world on 16th January 1965, when the first Sherpa T, powered by a 250cc version of the San Antonio 1 engine and fitted with a four-speed gearbox, was unveiled. 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. This coincided with and, perhaps, stimulated the growth in the popularity of trials in Europe and later the USA, which provided a lucrative market for Bultaco in the years to come. Bultaco dominated the World Trials Championship in the 1970s, winning the title eight times, and winning the Scottish Six Days Trial four times.
1967 saw the introduction of a revised model with a five-speed gearbox and 35mm diameter stanchions, however for 1968, a completely revised machine with a new frame, exhaust system and new tank and seat unit was introduced, running until 1971. This was followed by the fourth series in 1971 that introduced the Kit Campeon professional seat and tank unit, manufactured in fibreglass. This assembly greatly reduced the width of the motorcycle easing its use in sections. The fourth series also marked the introduction of the larger displacement 326cc Sherpa.
This 1977 Sherpa T 250 has been fully restored and importantly, has matching engine and frame numbers, making it a desirable example of Bultaco's famous trials bike, not to mention, a fantastic collector's item.
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