1971 Husqvarna 250cc Moto-Cross
Frame no. MI 1954
Like BSA in Britain, Husqvarna started out manufacturing armaments before turning to bicycles and, in the Swedish company's case, the production of chainsaws, sewing machines and 'white goods'. Post-WW2, Husqvarna continued with an expanded range of two-stroke models, which were soon making their mark in off-road competitions, starting with the ISDT and then international moto-cross. Husqvarna secured its first European 250cc Moto-Cross Championship in 1959 courtesy of Rolf Tiblin, effectively establishing its reputation as a top-ranking manufacturer of dirt racers. By the end of the 1970s, the Swedish firm's strokers had secured nine World MotoCross Championships and won the Baja 1,000 enduro on nine occasions. It's easily understandable why Steve McQueen, supreme icon of coolness, chose to ride a Husky.
Previously owned by a septuagenarian racer who competed gently on it, this 250 Husqvarna was acquired by the current owner three years ago, since when it has been ridden on stubble twice but mainly used as office decoration. Said to 'go like stink', the machine benefits from a new Husqvarna front mudguard and bracket, replacing the plastic item used previously, and is described as very reliable. There are no documents with this Lot.
- The engine number is 154.