Here’s another mini bike, this one was found by Barn Finds reader, Clarke B. Thanks, Clarke! It may not look like more than a pile of twisted metal and trashed upholstery, but this 1969 Broncco TX-6L is actually quite collectible and the seller is asking a mere $350 for this one on Craigslist. These mini bikes were made by the Italian company Fantic and this one has a 50 CC Minarelli engine and 4-speed transmission. Legend has it that they had to add an extra “C” to the name to avoid being sued by Ford for using the “Bronco” name. This one is located in Cadillac, Michigan.
As you can see, the photos aren’t the best and every square inch/centimeter of this bike will need to be restored. A Broncco in restored condition can bring $2,000+ so if a person can do most of the work him/herself, and they should be able to, this could be a good price. And, it’ll be a fun restoration project even if it’s a break-even proposition, especially if it’s a parent/child project. Restoring something small like this is a nice first step to learn how to plan a restoration, how to keep track of parts, taking photos and taking everything apart, sending out the chrome work, painting, finding decals and other parts, and then reassembling, admiring, and enjoying your work. Next step: a ’57 Buick! This Broncco is Lively Lime Gold and it’ll be a fun little thing once it’s done. Here’s a YouTube video of a 1970 Broncco TX-6 after restoration. You can see that even though it’s a mini bike, it has motorcycle features, such as kick start and an actual clutch-operated shifter, not an automatic gearbox like a lot of minibikes have.
There are a couple of engine covers missing and those will be the hardest thing to track down, but as always, OldMiniBikes.com is thee best resource for parts and also for people with decades of experience in restoring anything mini bike related. This model has a 50 CC Minarelli engine with 5 hp and a person can search for those and they may have better luck than in searching for Broncco parts. I’ve seen this bike called the “Wrangler” and it’s a “hike bike”, as in sort of an on/off-road machine. I know that these small bikes aren’t for everyone. If you need a big, burly, manly-man motorcycle to have confidence than this one isn’t for you. But, if you’re like me and could care less what anyone else thinks about your ride as long as you’re having fun, this would be a nice project!