Bonhams : 1980 Can-Am 399cc MX6 Moto-crosser Frame no. 8084000001 Engine no. 123535
1980 Can-Am 399cc MX6 Moto-crosser Frame no. 8084000001 Engine no. 123535

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Lot 585
1980 Can-Am 399cc MX6 Moto-crosser
Frame no. 8084000001 Engine no. 123535

Sold for £ 3,220 (US$ 4,037) inc. premium
1980 Can-Am 399cc MX6 Moto-crosser
Frame no. 8084000001
Engine no. 123535
Canadian snowmobile maker Bombardier Incorporated diversified into motorcycle manufacture in the early 1970s with the launch of the Can-Am marque. A Bombardier subsidiary, Rotax already supplied engines for its parent company's Ski-Doo snowmobiles, and the Austrian firm was chosen to provide power units for Can-Am motorcycles. Development of the proposed moto-cross and enduro models began under the direction of American Gary Robinson, with expert assistance from the former moto-cross World Champion, Jeff Smith.

Unusually for an off-road engine, the Rotax employed disc-valve induction rather than the piston-port arrangement favoured by most of the Japanese and European opposition, giving the Can-Ams a useful power advantage. Production began in 1973 and the new Can-Ams would go on to enjoy enormous success in both the ISDT enduro and North American moto-cross. In 1974, Can-Am dominated the American Motorcyclist Association's 250cc class, its riders taking the top three places in that year's championship with Gary Jones winning the title.

However, soon after the Can-Am's introduction, Bombardier began shifting its business away from recreational products, diversifying into other areas of manufacturing. In 1983, Bombardier licensed the Can-Am brand to Armstrong/CCM in the UK. Can-Am motorcycles were last produced in 1987.

This pristine Can-Am MX-6 moto-crosser has been restored and then de-commissioned, being drained of all fluids. The machine comes with an original brochure and a manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (copy).

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1980 Can-Am 399cc MX6 Moto-crosser Frame no. 8084000001 Engine no. 123535
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