Bultaco was born from a split in the partnership of motorcycle manufacturer, Montesa, following a disagreement about the company’s racing program. Francisco Bulto offered the first Bultaco in 1959 and spent most of the 1960s developing sports roadsters with a habit of winning, including European Grand Prix and the Isle of Man, and trials bikes, winning the National Championship eight times and the prestigious Six Day Trials a formidable four times.
In the U.S. Bultaco’s tough and reliable machines were shot in to the spotlight when, in 1973, Jim Pomeroy took a 250cc Pursang to overall victory at the Spanish Grand Prix, simultaneously becoming the first rider ever to win his debut motocross GP, the first American to win a GP, the first American to lead the MXGP point standings and the first rider of any nationality to win an MXGP on a Spanish motorcycle.
For the new “enduro” rider, the company developed the Matador, with lighting to qualify as a dual-purpose bike, but a capable competition endure machine straight out of the showroom.
The matching numbers example on offer here of 1970 vintage has been part of a discerning Northern California collection since 2007. Generally unmolested (see original Bultaco bolts – pictured), the bike was treated to a full engine rebuild in 2014 by a Bultaco specialist and a rebuild of the cycle parts, including taper steering bearings, VAPE/PowerDynamo electronic ignition (battery tray and horn removed & saved), modern Dunlop knobbies, Works Performance Shocks, Bultaco “stubby” taillight, serrated footpegs, Renthal handlebars mounted on uprated Bultaco upper triple clamp, Amal levers and throttle with spare clutch and throttle cables in place, and all rubber parts replaced and updated. Akront rims with cadmium plated spokes, and a Veglia speedometer showing an original 2,066 miles complete the package. All original parts were removed and stored and accompany the bike (pictured).
The rebuild with updates was to enable the machine to successfully campaign in the 2014 and 2015 AHRMA ISDT Reunion Rides.
A second set of bodywork also accompanies the bike (pictured), along with a spare rear fender, Matador Owners Handbook, Matador Original Parts Book, and Bultaco service manual. The bike is sold on a clear California Title.