No Reserve - 1968 Bridgestone 350 GTR Project

SOLD FOR: $453

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on November 17, 2022

Winner: Andyswine

Winning Bid: $203
Buyer Fee: $250
Total: $453

Description

Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

The Bridgestone Group is the world’s largest manufacturer of tires and other rubber products such as industrial materials and sporting goods, but for a couple of decades they also made motorcycles. They started building bikes in 1958 and were highly successful on the race track thanks to several features that were ahead of their time. So why did they stop making bikes? Well, their Japanese motorcycle competitors were also their customers when it came to tires, and the dramatic (but unconfirmed) rumor is that companies like Honda and Yamaha made it clear that they wouldn’t supply their products with Bridgestone tires if they continued to build motorcycles.

In 1967, Bridgestone introduced the 350 GTR at Daytona Bike Week. As the biggest model in the brand’s lineup, it had a lot to prove with regards to its competition. The middleweight displacement market was crowded, and Bridgestone opted to distinguish their offering by way of its rotary disc valve induction system and six-speed gearbox. The 350 GTR also featured an interesting quirk — riders could use either their left foot or their right foot to change gear, and the shifter and rear brake pedals could be swapped accordingly.

This example is VIN: 21U03641. The seller acquired it in 2008 from a close friend in Japan who sent over a shipping container’s worth of Bridgestones.

The odometer shows 9,520 miles.

The seller’s plan was to restore it but he hasn’t had the time and realizes he won’t get to it so he wants it to find a new home.

Modifications:
This Bridgestone 350 GTR appears to be stock.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:





Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Bridgestone and Pirelli tires that have aged out.

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Bridgestone is offered on Bill of Sale Only. Have any 350 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

Additional Information

Location

Santa Monica, California

Year

1968

Make

Bridgestone

Model

350 GTR

Mileage

9,520

VIN

21U03641

Title

Bill of Sale Only

Title State/Country

N/A

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges

No

Total Bids Placed: 3

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: Andyswine

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
Andyswine November 17, 2022 9:59 am $203 Auto
liketotally November 17, 2022 9:59 am $103
Andyswine November 11, 2022 7:47 am $1 Reserve
Auction started November 10, 2022 7:06 am
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