Ginger Molloy’s 1968 Bultaco TSS
Ginger Molloy auctioned off one of his Bultaco TSS race bikes via NZ Auction house Webbs in 2011. Here is the blurb from the catalogue:
Molloy’s story is a classic rags-to-riches one: he was a young lad from rural New Zealand who pursued a dream to race in Europe, and achieved great success—with the help of Frank Sheene, Barry’s father.
In 1966, Molloy gave Bultaco the first Spanish victory in a World Championship event, at the Grand Prix of Ulster. And in 1970, he came second to Giacomo Agostini in the 500cc championship. The bike you see here, up for sale on 19 October, took Molloy to third place in the 1968 championship behind the Yamahas of Phil Read and Bill Ivy. “This historic Bultaco has remained in Ginger Molloy’s possession ever since. In 2008, Ginger personally stripped down and rebuilt the machine … Safe to say, the machine is in immaculate condition, reflecting the pragmatic attention that can come only from competing at the very highest level of motorcycling.” The estimate was NZ$65-85,000, or US$50,000-66,000.