c.1978 Yamaha TZ750E Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 409-200135 Engine no. 409-100125
Lot 232
c.1978 Yamaha TZ750E Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. 409-200135 Engine no. 409-100125
€32,000 - 38,000
US$ 41,000 - 48,000

Lot Details
c.1978 Yamaha TZ750E Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 409-200135 Engine no. 409-100125 c.1978 Yamaha TZ750E Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 409-200135 Engine no. 409-100125 c.1978 Yamaha TZ750E Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 409-200135 Engine no. 409-100125 c.1978 Yamaha TZ750E Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 409-200135 Engine no. 409-100125 c.1978 Yamaha TZ750E Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 409-200135 Engine no. 409-100125 c.1978 Yamaha TZ750E Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 409-200135 Engine no. 409-100125 c.1978 Yamaha TZ750E Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 409-200135 Engine no. 409-100125 c.1978 Yamaha TZ750E Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 409-200135 Engine no. 409-100125 c.1978 Yamaha TZ750E Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 409-200135 Engine no. 409-100125 c.1978 Yamaha TZ750E Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 409-200135 Engine no. 409-100125 c.1978 Yamaha TZ750E Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 409-200135 Engine no. 409-100125 c.1978 Yamaha TZ750E Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 409-200135 Engine no. 409-100125
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.

Footnotes

  • Yamaha TZ750E « course » c.1978
    Cadre n° 409-200135
    Moteur n° 409-100125

    Bien que la Formula 750 ait été une catégorie destinée aux motos de production modifiées, Yamaha réussit à faire homologuer sa TZ750 quatre cylindres en compétition à condition d'en produire 200 exemplaires. Comme les plus petites TZ bicylindres, la TZ750 eut un énorme succès en donnant aux pilotes privés du monde entier les moyens de lutter contre les équipes d'usine en Formula 750. Des grilles de départ remplies de machines presque identiques garantissaient des bagarres épiques et tous ceux qui eurent l'occasion de voir ces machines au coude à coude sur les petits circuits européens, l'ile de Man ou le chaotique ovale de Daytona ne l'oublieront jamais. De récentes études laissent penser que Yamaha produisit près de 800 exemplaires de ces étonnantes machines recherchées aujourd'hui par les collectionneurs comme par les sportifs amateurs d'épreuves classiques. Cette TZ750 était démontée lorsque le propriétaire actuel l'acheta chez un collectionneur du sud de la France. Le réservoir et la selle étaient bleu à ce moment-là – les couleurs de Sonauto Yamaha. Mais ne prouve qu'il s'agisse d'une de leurs machines. Acquise pour disputer des épreuves historiques, la TZ totalement restaurée par le vendeur en 2009 se présente en état de marche. Mais finalement, il préféra utiliser sa TZ750 antérieure dont la hauteur de selle est inférieure à celle de la machine monoshock. C'est donc ici une magnifique occasion d'acquérir une des motos de compétition le plus charismatique de la période moderne.
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