Bultacos, Montesas and Ossas have all gone up by over 100% since last summer, but why? Up until last summer, I was paying between £1,000 and £1,350 for very clean, original Spanish motorcycles with matching engine and chassis numbers. Now, you cannot buy such machines for under £3,000 on any of the auction websites, and do bear in mind that these may well not be good original machines. So why the sudden increase in prices? For very good reason and they will continue to increase in value, like many under valued classic motorcycles.
Quite simply the cost of buying and restoring an investment grade Spanish trials or motocross bike was around £4,000-£5,000, including buying a donor machine. That does not include paying someone to do the long, arduous restoration work. Just what you see on the handlebars will cost you £350 in parts alone. More and more people trawled auction sites, bought bikes made up of numerous parts from other motorcycles and spent a king's ransom "doing them up in their shed". They then found out that engine and chassis numbers did not match. Then they discovered that after investing £4,500 on the bike, and an immense amount of their time and passion, that it was only worth about £800!
The wheel turns, and it seems that all of the decent machines have been snapped up by people with a good eye for these old competition machines and sellers now want nearer the true value for their bikes.
All Spanish trials bikes have a very distinctive look. Montesa Cotas have a one-piece red fibreglass cover, which covers the fuel tank and makes up the side panels and seat unit. Bultaco Sherpas just look, well, insect-like and unique. Ossas are the most "traditional" looking with styling later copied by the Japanese marques, but they still look different. Even Spanish motocross machines looked unique, handled superbly and, for the time, went like stink.
Like all classics, Montesa and Bultaco had competition success. In 1965, 67 and 68, motorcycle legend Sammy Miller won the Scottish six days trial. Montesa won the Scottish Six Days Trial in 1980. Sammy Miller was instrumental in the design of the Bultaco Sherpa and developed a motorcycle that destroyed the competition and set a new standard.
Bultaco and Montesa also produced championship winning motocross machines. Bultaco made the Pursang and Montesa the Capra, extraordinary looking, superb handling, fast (for their time) machines that won races. These two brands offer all the ingredients that highly investable, classic vehicles always possess-