1968 Jawa 250 Californian III Frame no. 010859 Engine no. 590-3-000310

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Lot 21
1968 Jawa 250 Californian III
Frame no. 010859 Engine no. 590-3-000310

Sold for US$ 1,380 inc. premium
1968 Jawa 250 Californian III
Frame no. 010859
Engine no. 590-3-000310
Like other motorcycle companies, Jawa has its roots in the armaments industry, formed in 1929 when Czechoslovakia's National Arms factory diversified into motorcycle manufacture after obtaining the rights to a design from the German Wanderer firm. Company founder Frantisek Janacek combined the first two letters his last name and the first two letters in Wanderer to create the Jawa marque. In 1949 Jawa's operations were combined with those of rivals CZ, and throughout the succeeding two decades the consolidated company's main claim to fame was an outstanding run of success in the International Six Days Trial enduro and international motocross. Using a mixture of Jawa and CZ machines, Czechoslovakia first won the ISDT in 1947 and would go on to take a further six titles up to 1962.

The two-stroke Jawa was one of the most prolific and well-respected Communist Bloc-built motorcycles, one of the few that could compete with the West's more complex designs. The Jawa 250 Californian, model 590/05, designed for America, is a two-stroke twin with 16.5hp at 5,000rpm duly equipped as a street-legal, lightweight touring or commuting 'sport' bike. And at a price similar, in fact, to a contemporary Japanese 125. Little is known of the bike on offer although it appears clean, original and nicely patinated, and starts and runs. It comes from New Zealand, from a small collection of mostly Italian sportbikes, and remains a rare machine in the USA. Its condition is remarkable.

Footnotes

  • 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 590-010859. Additionally, there is a VIN plate affixed to the bike reading 7AT09D0AX18010859.
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1968 Jawa 250 Californian III Frame no. 010859 Engine no. 590-3-000310
1968 Jawa 250 Californian III Frame no. 010859 Engine no. 590-3-000310
1968 Jawa 250 Californian III Frame no. 010859 Engine no. 590-3-000310
1968 Jawa 250 Californian III Frame no. 010859 Engine no. 590-3-000310
1968 Jawa 250 Californian III Frame no. 010859 Engine no. 590-3-000310
1968 Jawa 250 Californian III Frame no. 010859 Engine no. 590-3-000310
1968 Jawa 250 Californian III Frame no. 010859 Engine no. 590-3-000310
1968 Jawa 250 Californian III Frame no. 010859 Engine no. 590-3-000310
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