c.1978 Yamaha TZ750E Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. 409-200135
Engine no. 409-100125
Although Formula 750 had been intended as a class for modified production motorcycles, Yamaha managed to get its four-cylinder TZ750 racer homologated provided that at least 200 were built. Like the smaller TZ twins, the TZ750 was an enormous success, providing privateers the world over with the means to compete against the factory teams in Formula 750. Packed grids of near-identical bikes made for close racing, and no-one who witnessed these demanding machines being wrestled around European short circuits, the Isle of Man TT course or Daytona's bumpy banking will ever forget the sight. Recent research suggests that Yamaha eventually made almost 800 of these spectacular motorcycles, which today are highly sought after by collectors and classic racers alike. This particular TZ750 was in a dismantled state when the current owner purchased it from a collection in the South of France. The fuel tank and seat were painted blue at that time - the same colour as the Sonauto Yamahas. However there is no evidence to prove it was one of their machines. Bought for classic racing, the TZ was completely restored by the vendor in 2009 and is presented in running condition. In the event, the owner preferred to use his earlier TZ750, which has a lower seat height than this mono-shock bike. A wonderful opportunity to acquire one of the most charismatic racing motorcycles of modern times.