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Offline AlanJohn

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Another Gto
« on: September 22, 2017, 08:21:41 AM »
Does anyone know how rare the Gto bikes are l couldn't seem to get one at first it took over a year now l've got four latest one is pictured in the gallery
Are they rare??
Is there many left??
How much are they really worth?? In reasonable condition??
Appreciate any comments thanks very much kind regards
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Re: Another Gto
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2017, 10:58:02 AM »
 Alan,
           We do now know BS built 1000 Gold/Chrome tanked GTOs for 1970. The final batch built for 1971 consisted of at least 1000 White/Black stripe GTOs  but serial numbers suggest there may have been more, the balance being the Gold/black stripe GTRs to give a 71 total of 2000.
          I know of 6 complete GTOs in the UK, including yours, so suggest there could be maybe 12 or so in the UK. Odd ones keep appearing. I've heard or read of others but you may now have those  ;D well done.

  It's generally suggested one in 10 of the original 350 machines now survive, who knows?  That would suggest 200+ GTOs now in existence.
         They are certainly rare and unusual  in the UK.
    Value ?............. Fully restored in concours condition, maybe £7-8000 in the UK but in reality whatever someone is prepared to pay for it.  GTRs have gone for more  :o

    Great workshop, by the way, knew those plastic cups would come in handy for something ! but someone's stolen your fridge contents  :-X
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Re: Another Gto
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2017, 11:29:56 AM »

GTRs have gone for more  :o


That's only because we haven't seen a "show quality" restored GTO hit the market yet or heard of any private sales results....   ;D

EDIT: Oops... forgot about this one. (anyone remember what it sold for?)

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:khi9ydQRmTcJ:https://www.motorcyclesunlimited.co.uk/1968-bridgestone-350-gto-for-sale/+&cd=11&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us







« Last Edit: September 22, 2017, 12:10:59 PM by moonpup »
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Re: Another Gto
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2017, 01:05:29 PM »
              Don't remember seeing the sale price on that one.  To be UK registered as a 68 model, it must have been rebuilt on an earlier GTR frame so not totally original.
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Re: Another Gto
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2017, 01:10:54 PM »
That one was restored by Brian from Swindon uk l regret not buying it for £6500 and bought a hurricane from him instead
It went abroad for just under £14000 l've regretted it ever since and will never make that mistake again
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Re: Another Gto
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2017, 01:13:40 PM »

It went abroad for just under £14000


BAM!  banana  ;D
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Re: Another Gto
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2017, 04:09:18 PM »
As Al says, that was one of my restorations...as were, time permitting, all of Brian's restorations. From memory I built the engine for that one from bits. The new owner replaced a few fasteners from the look of things...for sure I only ever used original Bridgestone screws and never the Allen bolts you can see. We restored 2 GTO's and 2 GTR's...also a 350 racer. There's a GTR roadtest kicking around somewhere..maybe from a Classic Bike article by Roland Brown..that was one of ours also. We have one in the unit, still, that may be a UK bike...I'll get the numbers and report back.

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Re: Another Gto
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2017, 02:27:25 AM »
I wouldn't have mentioned vinces name without his permission but he has now himself
Now theres a man that could rebuild a Bridgestone in his sleep with his hands tied behind his back he's worked on engines for me and really is a master at it and I don't think that there's anything he doesn't know and also a very nice chap
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