This exceptionally rare 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross is now at our store and available for purchase. Steve McQueen, Malcolm Smith, and producer Bruce Brown made this exact model the single most iconic piece of motorcycle/Moto-Cross history when she was cast as the true star of the epic film "On Any Sunday". I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, in Southern California, in the 60's and 70's. Our family lived in a home at the base of the valley's surrounding mountains with seemingly endless miles and miles of off-road trails and fire roads to enjoy with our bikes. My friends and I started with our bicycles, graduated to Taco mini-bikes, and worked our way up through Hodakas, Yamahas, Hondas, and Bultacos. Some of us, myself included, were lucky enough to graduate to the ultimate off-road motorcycle of the time, the much revered Husqvarna 400 Cross. The 1970-71 Husky 400 Cross is arguably the finest Husky ever produced, for its era. These bikes allowed "average Joes" to purchase a factory racing replica and win races right out of the box. My first exposure to the Husky line was at Indian Dunes Motorcycle Park, just north of the San Fernando Valley, in the Santa Clarita Valley. I was quite amazed at just how much "better" the riders of the Huskies were than us mere mortals on our "wannabe" Japanese "dirt bikes". But, that point was really driven home after I was lucky enough to attend an early screening of "ON ANY SUNDAY", in the summer of 1971, at the Plaza Theater in Westwood, California. When I walked out of that theater after seeing the movie, for the first time (I subsequently went back and saw it two more times), I knew that I wanted that same bike that Steve McQueen, Malcolm Smith, and Mert Lawwill were having so much fun with while riding on the beach at the end of the movie. I was 18 years old working in a grocery store as a "bag boy" and attending college but I managed to save enough money to purchase a "used one time" 1970 400 Cross from a doctor in Glendale, CA who had purchased the bike new at Tracy's Husqvarna in Burbank, CA. He took the bike out once and decided that it was just a bit much for him. I believe that he paid about $1,050 for the bike new and he listed it for sale at $1,000 in the Burbank Daily Review newspaper (ironically, a newspaper that I had a bicycle delivery route for, in my youth, that helped pay for my first Taco mini-bike). I called him immediately, set up a time to see the Husky, and purchased it after a 30 second negotiation to a final price of $950. I rode and raced that 400 Cross for one year until a rather serious shoulder dislocation put my off-road riding on hold. I reluctantly decided to sell that bike and ended up selling it for $900. I was thrilled that it had only cost me $50 to own and enjoy that wonderful motorcycle for an entire year. I thought that I was a financial wizard. If all of us had only had the wherewithal to keep all of the vehicles that we had owned throughout our lifetimes, it would be better than most retirement income plans. Fast forward to, about two years ago, when I was lucky enough to acquire a 1971 400 Cross that had been on display at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, IA. Because of the sentimental value, I chose not to list that one for sale for an entire year. When I finally did list it for sale, it sold immediately to a collector in Europe, for $18,000 plus shipping. With every passing year there are fewer and fewer of these magnificent "mechanical works of art" to be found. Most all of the few remaining 1970 and 1971 400's are proudly on display in elite motorsport museums, tucked away in wealthy private collectors' man caves, or prominently on display as the focal point in the foyer of a top floor office suite of a Fortune 500 CEO. These Huskies are appreciating assets that are way more fun than bank CDs (paying puny returns at today's rates). We were lucky enough to purchase this amazing "mechanical piece of artwork" from a talented vintage racer/restorer, in the Pacific Northwest, whose parents were among the original Husqvarna motorcycle dealers on the West Coast. This one rides and runs like the day she left the factory in Sweden. She would be equally at home at the starting line of a Vintage Moto-Cross competition or on display as the centerpiece of an investment banker's penthouse office on Wall Street. If you are viewing this on our Minnesota Motorcars website then you probably noticed that we have more than just one vintage Husky available for purchase. We revere all vintage Husqvarnas. That said, this particular 400 Cross may be the only 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross currently available for acquisition anywhere in the world. We look every day and we can't find another. The 1970-71 400 Cross is indeed "The Holy Grail" of Moto-cross collectible motorcycles. In a weird sort of ironic coincidence, that same Plaza Theater in Westwood, CA, is the theater where I first saw the original screening of the movie "Monty Python and The Holy Grail", yet another film classic (but with coconuts instead of motorcycles). Go figure!
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