No Reserve – 1983 Bultaco Sherpa 199B

SOLD FOR: $5,457

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on March 26, 2021

Winner: k*******z

Winning Bid: $5,100
Buyer Fee: $357
Total: $5,457

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Additional photos of this Bultaco Sherpa 199B are available here for your perusal.

There are few questions about how and when Bultaco started – Francisco Xavier Bulto created the company (the name was a blend of his last name and his nickname, Paco) in May of 1958 after resigning as the Technical Director of Montesa, a manufacturer he co-founded in 1944. When Montesa decided to stop racing, Paco knew it was time to start his own venture. His new firm released their first bike in March of 1959, the Tralla 101. The company had some success in road racing with legendary models like the Metralla, but most fans learned about the company through their success in off-road competition with machines like the Pursang (motocross), Matador (enduro), and of course, the Sherpa (trials).

Things get a lot messier when it comes to how Bultaco ended. The factory shut down in 1979 and was brought back to life in July of 1980 with assistance from the Spanish government, only to go out of business again a few years later. However, details aren’t clear and the blame changes wildly depending on who you ask.

The 199B was a new model in a distinctive blue, and it featured a new frame, swingarm, and 340cc motor. Outside of the TSS roadracer, this generation of the Sherpa was the only bike Bultaco made with a six-speed transmission. The R&D costs for all these new parts is one of the reasons why Bultaco eventually closed up shop.

An interesting thread on Trials Central suggests that official production ended in 1982, though the doors didn’t close until 1984 after the unions could liquidate all the inventory. The purpose of the thread is to try and determine what “the last Bultaco” is, and their conclusion was VIN: JB-19914920-B. Guess what the VIN is on today’s offering?

The seller of this Bultaco (Engine #: JM-19914920-B) acquired it from Michael Woolaway, the former Design Director of Deus Ex Machina’s US location in Venice, California.

Michael purchased it directly from Paco’s grandson, Patricio (Pato) Bulto – shown in the photo below:

All the import paperwork is included.

It is missing the tank logo on the right side.

It’s been sitting for a few months but Steve the Professor verified that it runs (see the video up top). Steve noticed that the air filter is disintegrating due to age so a new one will be installed prior to shippping. Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California, this Bultaco is offered with a Bill of Sale only. Have any Sherpa stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the comments!

Additional Information






Sherpa 350


True Mileage Unknown


Bill of Sale Only

Title State/Country


Private Party/Dealership

Not Applicable



Additional Charges


Total Bids Placed: 20

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: k*******z

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
k*******z March 26, 2021 10:58 am PDT $5,100
s******w March 26, 2021 10:58 am PDT $5,000 Auto
s******w March 26, 2021 9:07 am PDT $4,600
k*******z March 26, 2021 9:07 am PDT $4,500 Auto
k*******z March 26, 2021 8:04 am PDT $4,000 Auto
t*********n March 26, 2021 8:04 am PDT $3,900
k*******z March 26, 2021 8:04 am PDT $3,800 Auto
t*********n March 26, 2021 8:04 am PDT $3,700
k*******z March 26, 2021 7:58 am PDT $3,600
t*********n March 26, 2021 7:58 am PDT $3,500 Auto
t*********n March 25, 2021 4:46 pm PDT $3,400
j****r March 25, 2021 4:46 pm PDT $3,300 Auto
j****r March 22, 2021 5:45 pm PDT $3,200
s******w March 22, 2021 3:46 pm PDT $3,100
j*****s March 22, 2021 3:46 pm PDT $3,000 Auto
j*****s March 21, 2021 10:47 am PDT $1,850 Auto
j****r March 21, 2021 10:47 am PDT $1,750
j*****s March 21, 2021 10:46 am PDT $1,600 Auto
j****r March 21, 2021 10:46 am PDT $1,500
j*****s March 20, 2021 6:33 pm PDT $1,000 Reserve
Auction started March 17, 2021 1:28 pm PDT
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