Bianchi,
Lot 353
c.1960 Bianchi 124cc Bernina Frame no. TE 184261 Engine no. TE 186186
Sold for £437 (US$ 724) inc. premium
Lot Details
c.1960 Bianchi 124cc Bernina
Frame no. TE 184261
Engine no. TE 186186
Founded in the late 1890s, Bianchi made little impact outside Italy before WWII despite an innovative approach which a team of unit-construction, twin-overhead-cam 350s entered in the 1926 Isle of Man TT, the design having first appeared in 1924. In the post-war period the company's road range consisted mainly of lightweights, the mainstay of production being 175cc models like the Tonale. Styled as only the Italians know how and featuring a unitary construction, overhead-cam engine, duplex loop frame and full-width alloy hubs, the Tonale and its Bernina 124cc stablemate must have seemed light-years in advance of their British contemporaries.

We are advised that this incomplete Bernina was dismantled and its engine/gearbox internals found to be in good condition before being loosely reassembled. The machine is offered for restoration/spares and sold strictly as viewed.

Saleroom notices

  • The correct engine number is ME186186 and not as previously catalogued.
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