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Husqvarna 250cc Cross – 1966

Edison Dye’s vision was to see European Moto-Cross become as popular in America as it was in Europe. In February of 1966 he imported two motorcycles, one of which would go to the legend, Malcolm Smith. By the fall of 1966, he had convinced Husqvarna to allow the then, 3-time World Champion Torsten Hallman to race in a series across American that would showcase Torsten (and the Huskies) abilities against the best riders in America.
Torsten Hallman was undefeated in 22 straight motos, often lapping the field in what would be the first Inter-Am series.

This example, one of approximately one hundred 250cc Cross’s imported and sold in 1966 was restored by collector Mike Owens. Note that the 1966 had a 19” front wheel, small crankcases, and bolt together frame. 1966 and 1967 models also were painted a burgundy color.

A handful of pre-1966 Husqvarna’s made there way to America, but 1966 was the first year that they were imported in significant numbers.

Images are property of The Early Years of Motocross Museum, ®2006