Atlas Motorcycles Series – Bultaco Sherpa

The Atlas Motorcycles series sold in the UK has plastic and metal models to 1:24 scale made in China by Ixo. It is no co-incidence that many of the models appeared first in the Ixo Museum series. The models are generally to a high standard for part works.

Bultaco was a Spanish manufacturer of two-stroke motorcycles from 1958 to 1983 founded by Francesc “Paco” Bultó who had been a director of the Montesa motorcycle company but left to form Bultaco.  Although they made road and road racing motorcycles, the company’s area of dominance was off-road, in motocross, enduros, and observed trials competition.

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Perhaps the most famous Bultaco model is the Sherpa T, a trials bike, which revolutionised the sport in the 1960s. At that time trials was almost exclusively a British sport using big heavy four-stroke machines. Irish trials ace Sammy Miller teamed with Bultó to produce a lightweight two-stroke machine which, overnight, rendered the heavy four-strokes obsolete. Miller won the gruelling Scottish Six Days Trial in 1965, and then repeated the feat with wins in 1967 and 1968. He also claimed the European Trials Championship in 1968 and 1970. This coincided with and, perhaps, stimulated the growth in the popularity of trials in Europe and later the USA, which provided a lucrative market for Bultaco in the years to come. Bultaco dominated the World Trials Championship in the 1970s, winning the title eight times, and winning the Scottish Six Days Trial four times.

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The Sherpa T as modelled by Ixo for Atlas replaced the Sherpa N in 1965 it had an enlarged 244cc engine. The model is generally good with lots of details such as the protective cover under the engine. However the Cylinder head has a large gap between it and the Cylinder which is a shame because otherwise this is a very good model though it does suffer from the usual, for this series, headlight pointing upwards at a most unrealistic angle.


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