Rathmell Rep – 1976 Montesa Cota 348

In Off-Road, Spain by Abhi1 Comment

Malcolm Rathmell was a champion trials rider who rode a prototype Montesa Cota 348 in the Scottish Six Days Trial in 1975 – he placed second. During his career, he won the British Trails Championship six times in a ten year period, as well as the World Championship in 1974. He went on to start a mail order business in trails motorcycles, which has since evolved into Malcolm Rathmell Sport Limited, an importer of Sherco motorcycles. The 348 was considered by some to be a standard-setter in ’76. It featured a 306cc air-cooled single that produced about 16 horsepower. This specific Cota 348 has just been serviced and is claimed to run excellent. It’s claimed to be a Rathmell replica, though I previously thought the replicas were limited to 1977 and had Rathmell’s signature on the bodywork.

Find this Montesa Cota 348 for sale in the 4th row of offerings here on Brad’s Bikes in Marietta, Georgia for $2,100.