1973 CZ 400cc Type 981-4 Frame no. 981-4-000888 Engine no. 981-2-000888

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Lot 127
1973 CZ 400cc Type 981-4
Frame no. 981-4-000888 Engine no. 981-2-000888

US$ 2,800 - 5,000
£ 2,100 - 3,800
1973 CZ 400cc Type 981-4
Frame no. 981-4-000888
Engine no. 981-2-000888
Petersen's Motorcycle Buyer's Guide, their '73 edition, described the CZ 400 Moto-Cross this way; 'Its handling is so responsive that only an expert rider will be able to take full advantage of it. It weighs in at just 234 pounds, a mere 7 pounds more than the CZ250 MX – but it pumps out a scalding 47 horsepower as compared to the 250's 33! This CZ is not for the feint-hearted!' And all for a quoted $1,350 FOB West Coast. 'You get the idea...these '73 CZs are "rippin'" fast!'

This CZ 400 was manufactured by Ceska Zbropjovka, once an arms manufacturer, a branch of the Skoda car company (now inside the Volkswagen Group) and once owned by the Castiglione brothers' Cagiva. Starting in the mid-1960s, CZ was the bike to beat in international motocross, the Czechoslovakian 2-stroke recording six Grand Prix world championships from 1964 through 1969.

Little is known about this clean, tidy, well fettled and believed almost entirely original example other than that the seller bought the bike from the estate of the original owner, in Washington state, who apparently did little riding aboard. The bike, believed to be still to its original, stock specification, only shows minor signs of age, not wear. Its two most significant, aesthetic characteristics are well intact, the coffin tank and the porcupine cylinder head. The bike is fully serviced and ready to ride; it could serve as great play bike, run in vintage motocross – near the front of the pack – or live a life as a show bike. Your choice.

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1973 CZ 400cc Type 981-4 Frame no. 981-4-000888 Engine no. 981-2-000888
1973 CZ 400cc Type 981-4 Frame no. 981-4-000888 Engine no. 981-2-000888
1973 CZ 400cc Type 981-4 Frame no. 981-4-000888 Engine no. 981-2-000888
1973 CZ 400cc Type 981-4 Frame no. 981-4-000888 Engine no. 981-2-000888
1973 CZ 400cc Type 981-4 Frame no. 981-4-000888 Engine no. 981-2-000888
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