In 1958 Francisco Xavier Bulto parted ways with Montesa, the motorcycle manufacturer he founded with Pedro Permanyer in 1945, after a disagreement over whether the company should continue their racing program.
By Spring of 1959, Bultaco was in business with their first 125cc machine, the Tralla. Following on, came the 200cc Metralla, a sporting roadster with a focus on racing. Although hampered by a 50cc disadvantage to the competition, the tough and reliable little machine scored a trophy for a class win at the 1963 European Grand Prix d’Endurance and on to win 1st and 2nd places in the 1967 Isle of Man, now with 250cc displacement and 27bhp.
The matching numbers example on offer here of 1966 vintage has been part of a discerning Northern California collection since 2006. A first year with the 2-stroke oil syringe in the side tank model, the engine was treated to a full rebuild by a Bultaco specialist with correct original 27mm Spanish Amal Monobloc carburetor. This unmolested example, as can be seen by the original Bultaco bolts (pictured), features a VAPE/PowerDynamo electronic ignition and taper roller steering bearings, new chain, tires and cables. Unrestored, the seat cover was the only cosmetic refurbishment. Purchased with 1,000 miles on the odometer, the speedometer now displays a believed-to-be-original 2,150 miles. This sparingly used machine exhibited its strength and reliability by attaining a 2nd place in SuperSport Class, and 3rd overall in the MotoGiro America of 2008.
The bike is accompanied by a Metralla Owners Handbook, original parts book, plus Concentric Amal carb, manifold, throttle cable and K&N air filter. The bike is sold with a clean, clear California title.