1957 Moto Parilla 175cc MSDS
Frame no. F406803
Engine no. 406803
Giovanni Parrilla was a Spaniard who grew up in Italy. He was one of many new motorcycle manufacturers who sprung up after World War II. Part of his technical education came when he bought a Norton Manx and took it apart. The company's approach to styling was distinctive and they have joined other Italian small displacement bikes as favorites of the collector crowd.
The offered Parrilla MSDS is a series production racer meant for privateers. These were mainstays in Italian club racing as well as the town-to-town Moto Giro competitions. For safety reasons, these races on public roads were often limited to 175cc machinery and all interested Italian manufacturers produced bikes of this displacement.
It has the lean and hungry look of racing motorcycles of its era, lacking any compromises like a headlight, muffler of kick starter. The clip-on handlebars and rear set pegs let the rider adopt the classic racing crouch in the days before riders hung off their bikes to secure higher cornering speeds. The black and silver dual tone paint is a residual of Parrilla's Norton Manx encounter. He often used the traditional black and silver shades of the Manx on different Parrilla models.
This bike is a stunning example of an Italian racing bike from the time when Italian machinery ruled many road racing classes. Its lines are distinctive, especially the signature Parrilla tank shape and the racing saddle and it is in as new condition. It offers an opportunity to enter the Italian Moto Giro Retrospettivo or any of the versions held in countries around the world.
- The Frame Number should read: 406803
We are advised that this example is a 'Roadster' model restored and upgraded to MSDS 'race' specifications.
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