1954 Moto Guzzi 192cc Galletto
Frame no. GAM 40
Whether Moto Guzzi's Galletto (cockerell) was inspired by Velocette's remarkably similar LE, which beat its Italian rival to production by around 18 months, we shall probably never know. One thing is certain though: that both manufacturers were intent on producing a design that offered scooter-type weather protection and comfort, allied to the superior handling qualities of a true motorcycle. But whereas Velocette started with an entirely clean slate, coming up with a horizontally opposed, water cooled, sidevalve, twin-cylinder engine for the LE, Guzzi kept with tradition, which of course meant an overhead-valve, air-cooled 'flat single' with outside flywheel. The Galletto cycle parts consisted of a tubular steel spine frame combined with sheet metal pressings, complemented by a leading-link front fork and single-sided, rear swinging arm. In scooter fashion the Galletto came with a spare wheel, all three wheels being interchangeable. Launched in March 1950 in 160cc/three-speed form, the Galletto was upgraded to 175cc and four speeds in 1952 and then to 192cc in 1954. This example of a famous Guzzi model rarely seen in the UK was purchased 14 years ago by the current owner, an Italian private collector. Presented in seemingly good original condition, the machine is offered with ASI dating certificate and Italian registration papers.