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I am pleased to be able to say another of the classic 1970’s European works two strokes has survived through into modern times. There were 15 of these bikes entered in the ISDT 1973, although in 1973 #89 Johann Sommerauer did not ride a 175 but is listed as being on a Puch 125cc, there were however 4 works Puch MC 175s on the Austrian Trophy Team although they did not enter a Vase team. The Puch Factory did not enter a team in 1973 although the Dutch and Belgians both had Puch teams in the Manufacturers award.

There was no Austrian Trophy team in the Camerino, Italy ISDT 1974 although there was a Vase, however the result sheet only names Trophy and Vase Team entrants with #100 D Pochlatko, #115 S Pacjernegg and #121 J Zotzek all rode Puch 175’s in 1974. This bike just has appeared on an eBay auction in Austria although listed as an ISDT bike of 1973, its registration document seems to indicate it may have been first registered on the road in 1974.

Johann Sommerauer was the only Austrian winner of a Gold Medal in the ISDT 1975 results entry number #278 in this event he is credited as riding a KTM 350.

Hopefully one of our readers will be able to throw some clarification on which bike this was and who rode it?

Photo - Johann Sommerauer's Works Puch MC 175 restored ex ISDT 1973

Photo – Johann Sommerauer’s Works Puch MC 175 restored ex ISDT 1973

Here is an image taken of it when new

Photo - Johann Sommerauer's Works Puch MC 175 ex ISDT 1973

Photo – Johann Sommerauer’s Works Puch MC 175 ex ISDT 1973

and an image of the bike in action at the time

Photo - Johann Sommerauer's Works Puch MC 175 from book image ex ISDT 1973

Photo – Johann Sommerauer’s Works Puch MC 175 from book image ex ISDT 1973

Included in the auction are early registration documents for the bike connecting it to the rider.

Photo - Johann Sommerauer's Works Puch MC 175 registration papers ex ISDT 1973

Photo – Johann Sommerauer’s Works Puch MC 175 registration papers ex ISDT 1973

For more images and details of the auction read the bike feature page on in our Folks ‘n Motors section

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