Having experienced racing success with their very earliest 125 model, which translated satisfactorily into improved sales, Yamaha retained their interest in competition and continued to take part in racing. Entering 250cc races in 1957, they made a special bike for the job. Further racing followed, and factory machines had to compete with the all-conquering Honda multi-cylinder racers of the day, but developments led to the TD1, TD2 and TR2 air-cooled over-the-counter racers which formed the backbone of club racing the world over. These machines were eventually superseded in 1973 by the TZ models which featured water cooling – deemed necessary to prolong the racers' longevity.
The TZ350 offered here was purchased by the deceased owner in 1991 from well-known dealer and collector Brian Verrall (purchase receipt on file), who had apparently obtained it from the Rochester Museum, where it had been on display. It is believed not to have been used during the present ownership, and, having been dry stored for a number of years, will require re-commissioning before further use by a new owner. Whilst the physical features of this machine indicate that it is of the earlier type of TZ350, made before 1976, the matching frame and engine numbers suggest that it may be later. For this reason, prospective bidders should satisfy themselves as to the age, prior to bidding. Documentation comprises the aforementioned purchase invoice, and a letter from Brian Verrall.