c.1969 Maico MC360 Frame no. 381489 Engine no. S380355

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Lot 124
c.1969 Maico MC360
Frame no. 381489 Engine no. S380355

Sold for US$ 2,300 inc. premium
c.1969 Maico MC360
Frame no. 381489
Engine no. S380355
Founded in 1926, Maico built two-stroke lightweights at first but soon was forced to change direction to support Germany's war effort. The firm did not resume motorcycle production until 1947. But whereas before the war proprietary engines had been used, Maico now built
complete machines using its own power units. Although its roadsters made little impact in markets beyond central Europe, Maico became one of the major players on the international motocross scene in both Europe and North America. While nowhere near as well financed as the Japanese factories, Maico mounted a serious challenge to them from the late 1960s throughout the 1970s thanks to stellar performances by the likes of Adolf Weil, Åke Jonsson, Willy Bauer, and Graham Noyce. Although the German firm did win the Manufacturers' World Championship in the premier 500cc class, it was never able to claim the individual title. Cooper Motors of Burbank, California and Gray International of Detroit, Michigan shared Maico sales and marketing; in a contemporary advertisement they state, 'Most powerful and fastest 360cc, a consistent race winner' beneath a header that says, 'At last: factory "works" engines available to the American rider.'

This Maico MC360 'X4 Square Barrel' was completely restored back to its original specification by 'Maicomeister' Ron King in 2014 – apart from the S&W rear shocks which, no matter, are a distinct improvement over the originals – and it has not been run since.

Footnotes

  • Offered on Bill of Sale. As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is 381439.
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c.1969 Maico MC360 Frame no. 381489 Engine no. S380355
c.1969 Maico MC360 Frame no. 381489 Engine no. S380355
c.1969 Maico MC360 Frame no. 381489 Engine no. S380355
c.1969 Maico MC360 Frame no. 381489 Engine no. S380355
c.1969 Maico MC360 Frame no. 381489 Engine no. S380355
c.1969 Maico MC360 Frame no. 381489 Engine no. S380355
c.1969 Maico MC360 Frame no. 381489 Engine no. S380355
c.1969 Maico MC360 Frame no. 381489 Engine no. S380355
c.1969 Maico MC360 Frame no. 381489 Engine no. S380355
c.1969 Maico MC360 Frame no. 381489 Engine no. S380355
c.1969 Maico MC360 Frame no. 381489 Engine no. S380355
c.1969 Maico MC360 Frame no. 381489 Engine no. S380355
c.1969 Maico MC360 Frame no. 381489 Engine no. S380355
c.1969 Maico MC360 Frame no. 381489 Engine no. S380355
c.1969 Maico MC360 Frame no. 381489 Engine no. S380355
c.1969 Maico MC360 Frame no. 381489 Engine no. S380355
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