Pristine Vintage Racer: 1967 Yamaha TD1-C for Sale
Yamaha introduced their TD1 race bike in 1962 as an over-the-counter ride for professional race teams and privateers. The machine went through several updates before the TD2 was introduced in 1969, and this “C” model from 1967 was the final version of the bike.
Race bikes generally epitomize The Ten Foot Rule when it comes to aesthetics: if it looks good from ten feet away, it’s good enough. Especially when you’re dealing with grassroots or privateer efforts: when you ride hard, you’re going to crash, so the last place you want to spend your resources is on a paint job, since that’s going to be obliterated the first time you lowside… But this one bucks that trend, and is restored to what appears to be a very high standard.
Rarity and value aside, there are owners who remorselessly flog their valuable vintage cars and bikes on racetracks. And while part of me recoils in horror at the thought of some weekend-warrior with more money than skill stuffing their nearly irreplaceable machines into a wall or hay bale, another part of me is immeasurably grateful that I’m able to see and hear these classics being used as they were intended.
While this one has not been actively raced since being restored, the seller is clearly extremely knowledgeable and the original listing features a very comprehensive list of the work that’s been done to this one and a well-written history of the bike and its owners/riders, so pop over for a look.
From the original listing: 1967 Yamaha TD1-C for Sale
This Investment Quality 4th Generation TD1-C Rebuild incorporated as many ‘original to the bike’ parts as practicality and availability allowed. The crank is fresh and true, the excellent condition cylinders have good original chrome, and the proper “C” windowed pistons have new rings, pins, and small end bearings. The transmission, H/D clutch, and straight-cut primary drive are all correct Daytona bits in excellent condition – the close ratio gearbox has been shimmed and adjusted.
The original ‘black wire’ M200 Magneto was cleaned, serviced and adjusted. The 27mm Amal/Mikuni smooth-bore carburetors and remote floats were also dismantled, cleaned and inspected; the float isolator is sound. The kick-start mechanism had already been removed (a very common practice of the time), and the clutch cover had been trimmed to save weight. The paint and finish on all but the mag cover is factory original.
The matching numbers cases are free of any damage or welds; no engine failures appear to have ever occurred inside or out. All rubber seals and engine gaskets have been renewed. The frame, swing arm, fork legs, and fairing brackets were stripped, carefully inspected for cracks or damage, and received a quality repaint; original early Yamaha racer paint is generally poor, and this one definitely needed a do over.
The wheels were taken down, hubs serviced, rims and spokes polished then restrung and trued, with period correct race tires installed. Most sundries excluding the grips and pegs are original to the bike and polished up well; cables, pivots, shafts and contact surfaces were all cleaned and lubricated. The forks have been rebuilt with modern seals. The bike has been assembled and safety wired in fine race tradition.
The original seat cover still looks great, with no splits or tears. Every part of the bike has been detailed, refinished, polished or replaced.
The fairing was missing – a new unpainted AirTech TD1 Replica is installed. Note: due to Import Laws of the time, fiberglass fairings were not allowed on incoming U.S. market bikes – the TD1 would have originally been sold without a fairing.
The asymmetrical paint scheme is particularly striking, with some of the original period red paint and lettering on one side and fresh white paint on the other. And, on the mechanical side, the build features a heavy-duty clutch as an upgrade to the notoriously fragile unit Yamaha originally fitted.
While the bike is probably more suited to display, due to increasing rarity and the amount of money that’s gone into the restoration, it’s also been built to “do the business” and should just require gas and fresh tires before hitting the track. The seller mentions that the engine has been “well-lubricated internally for long-term display”, so all the moving parts should still be ready to move, not seized-up into a very evocative, vintage-styled paperweight…