Bultaco Metralla Mk 2
Lot 87
c.1968 Bultaco 250cc Metralla Mk2 Frame no. 2304680 Engine no. M2304680
Sold for £2,530 (US$ 4,095) inc. premium

Lot Details
c.1968 Bultaco 250cc Metralla Mk2
Frame no. 2304680
Engine no. M2304680
One of motorcycling's many legends, the foundation of Bultaco was occasioned by the resignation of Francisco Xavier Bulto from Montesa, a company he had co-founded with Pedro Permanyer in 1945. The Montesa board wanted to withdraw from racing; Bulto disagreed and left in 1958, taking most of the racing department with him to set up a new company – Bultaco. By the spring of 1959 the fledgling concern's first machine - the Tralla 101, a 125cc two-stroke - was ready for production. Given the circumstances of Bultaco's birth, it should have surprised no one that the company began racing soon afterwards, entering a team in the roadster class at the 1959 Spanish Grand Prix. It was a most promising debut; seven Bultacos finishing in the top ten with works rider Johnny Grace's in second place.

In production machine racing the 200cc Metralla sports roadster quickly became a force to be reckoned with, winning its class in the 1963 European Grand Prix d'Endurance series despite giving away 50cc to its rivals. By 1967 the Metralla was available as a full '250' and in that year's Diamond Jubilee TT in the Isle of Man secured a remarkable result in the production race when a team of race-kitted bikes entered by the importer for Southern Ireland, Harry Lindsay, finished 1st and 2nd, Bill Smith leading Tommy Robb across the line with Kevin Cass in 6th place.

With most earmarked for export, the 250cc Metralla Mk2 was a rare sight in Spain and when the vendor was a child he always wanted one. This example was purchased in Barcelona in 2007 and has been partially repainted.
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