Lot 396 - 1978 Bultaco Sherpa T 175
|Estimate||£2,000 - £3,000|
The Bultaco Sherpa T is in all probability the world's most successful trials motorcycle, having revolutionised the sport in the 1960s. At the time trials were dominated by big heavy four-stroke British machines and Irish trials ace, Sammy Miller, who had developed his famous Ariel 'GOV 132' into the bike to beat. Miller was engaged by Bultaco to help develop a lightweight two-stroke machine, which Señor Bultó saw as the way forward. Initial tests caused Miller to be sceptical, but development continued apace and in direct comparisons with the Ariel, the Bultaco proved the more agile and effective machine. The new Sherpa soon 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.
The Sherpa T, initially available only as a 250, was extremely popular with over 20,000 machines sold in 1966 alone. In 1972 the Sherpa T 350 became available followed by a 125cc version in 1975 and finally a 75cc version a year later. Rarest of all is the Sherpa T 175 or Model 221, which was produced for one year only in 1978. It was essentially a sleeved down 250cc Model 190 and was primarily built for the European holiday resort rental market. Only 361 examples were built.
The Sherpa T offered here is one of the rare T 175 models described above which has been subsequently re-engined with a 250cc motor from the same period. The vendor informs us it has had some works style modifications made to the frame. It is presented in ready to ride condition and will make an extremely competitive mount with which to take part in 'twin shock' trials.
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