Bonhams | 16-Oct-2016 | The Autumn Stafford Sale Important Collectors Motorcycles | Venue : Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground
Category : Classic Motorcycles
Lot No. : 222
Year : 1976
Engine Size : -
Registration No. : SNP 929P
Chassis No. : # B 231 842
Engine No. : # M 231 842
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


Founded in 1951, Ossa first achieved worldwide recognition when works rider Santiago Herrero came close to winning the 250cc World Championship in 1969. However, the off-road market was by far the more important for Ossa, as it was for rivals Bultaco and Montesa. In a bid to emulate the latter's competition successes, Ossa hired English trials star Mick Andrews in 1967. Then only 23 but already a proven winner, Andrews set about developing Ossa's existing trail bike into a competitive trials mount, a process that culminated in the MAR - Mick Andrews Replica - that carried its creator to consecutive European Trials Championships in 1971 and '72. The MAR put Ossa on the trials map with a vengeance and proved so successful that it remained in production until the late 1970s.
Acquired by the current vendor in 2009, this totally original and un-restored MAR has been kept in dry storage since acquisition, and although not used has been started regularly. Last taxed in 2008, the machine is described as in generally excellent condition, its undamaged sump guard and engine cases indicating that it has seen relatively little - if any - competitive use. The odometer reading of 310 miles is believed genuine.