Post Sale Update: This Bultaco racer sold for $14,141 after 16 bids on eBay in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.
The seller (Bill Sharp) of this mothballed Bultaco racer originally bought it in March 1964, raced it for one season in Europe, and then put it in his garage. Now this TSS needs a new home.
For more on the Bultaco story in general, check out this Kevin Cameron article on Cycle World. But this example (VIN: M600238-5) is more about the story than any specification. The seller had already been competing in French national races for three years before he bought the TSS in Philadelphia and then took it back to Europe with him. In 1964 he competed with the Bultaco as well as an undisclosed 500cc racer, and that pretty much sums up the extent of what this bike achieved in its long life. The seller includes three photos in the listing: “Two were taken at the Isle-of-Man and one (from a magazine clipping) at the French Grand Prix in Clermont Ferrand.”
Mr. Sharp notes that the bike hasn’t been started in approximately 25 years, but it’s free, it has good compression, and it’s paired with a transmission that shifts through each one of its six gears without issue. Still, it was put away in storage as raced so you’re going to have to rebuild the carb, sort through the electrical system, and replace the original Dunlop tires at a bare minimum.
Find this glorious Bultaco for sale in Coatesville, Pennsylvania with bidding up to $12,100