Minichamps MIN122163300 1976 Yamaha XT500 Street Motorcycle - Black (1:12 Scale)
"When the off road market started booming in the US, bikers remembered the advantages of the good old singles. Soon the sales guys started to request the development of a four stroke for off road. Honestly speaking, we engineers were quite reluctant in the beginning, since we knew about the difficulties of these big thumpers. As soon as they had a bit more power they turned out to be unreliable and they were shaking like hell."
- Shiro Nakamura, developer of the XT engine
Born in 1976 the XT500 was the first 'big thumper' made in Japan, it was a daring bet for Yamaha, but the XT500 with his charism,his torquey engine solid as a rock (strengthens by his success in Paris Dakar rally), began quickly to be a world top seller. Nearly 30 years later, the XT500 hasn't lost his sex appeal and is still one of the best singles in the history of motorcycle!
Pictured here is a beautiful 1:12 scale diecast replica of a 1976 Yamaha XT500 motorcycle. Comes in a handsome presentation case. Sold Out!
Length: 7.5 inches
Height: 3 inches
Historical Account: "The Big Thumper" - The first XT 500 was shown at the US dealer convention in September 1975. Europeans had to wait till the summer of 1976 before they could press their boots against the heavy kick-starter.
The XT 500 was an instant success and was produced until 1990. It laid the ground for the later range of XT bikes ranging from 125 cc (XT 125) to 1200 (XT1200Z Super Tnr) and contributed largely to Yamaha's image.
The XT proved its performance and reliability by winning the first big African rallies, which were on the rise in the late seventies. It started with Paris-Abidjan-Nice and then the godfather of all rallies, the famous Paris-Dakar, which confirmed the supremacy of the XT 500. In France alone 62,000 XT 500's were sold from 1976 to 1990.