By the early 70s, OSSA had established a dominant position in the off-road motorcycle market. But when Honda released the 250cc Elsinore, the Spanish firm was forced to respond with a strong competitor. The Phantom 250 met the mark, thanks to 33 horsepower and a weight of just 198 pounds. The $1,350 MSRP was a significant $250 more than Honda’s offering, but that wasn’t enough to stop competitive riders and enthusiasts.
For more on the Phantom, check out this little profile on the Motorcycle.com forums. The GP3 was the last of OSSA’s 250cc MX bikes, with upgrades over the previous generation such as a five-port cylinder, four-fin cylinder, forward mounted gas shocks, and magnesium engine covers.
The seller of this example bought it “a few years back with the intention of using it as a racer…Unfortunately I only rode the bike once before I decided to do a cosmetic restoration. The previous owner had the engine rebuilt by Alex Snoop, and it runs strong as it should. He also had the Fox Shox and Simons forks completely rebuilt, and the suspension works just like you would expect.”
Now the seller believes that “it is too nice to race. Not a perfect restoration, but just the right amount of patina left.”
Find this GP3 for sale in Poway, California with bidding up to $4,100 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay.