1967 Gilera Strada Speciale
Frame no. 10191700
Gilera first sprang to prominence in the late 1930s, when its supercharged four-cylinder racers trounced BMW in Grands Prix and snatched the world speed record away from the German marque. Throughout the early 1950s it was Gilera's racers that again grabbed the headlines, taking five manufacturer's titles and six individual championships in the hands of riders such as Duke, Liberati and Masetti. Although racing generated valuable publicity, it was sales of road bikes that paid the bills. The majority of machines sold were lightweights based on the overhead-valve 125 single that had appeared in prototype form in 1948. Developed and enlarged first to 150cc and then 175cc, these simple ohv singles, built in both Turismo and Sport versions, proved top sellers throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s, although their high price outside Italy made them a relatively rare sight in the USA. One of the final developments of Gilera's single-cylinder roadster was the 124cc Speciale Strada, produced from 1966 to 1970, which was powered by an over-square engine that developing 10.5bhp, good enough for a top speed of 70mph.
This Speciale Strada was bought for Everitt du Pont (Lex's son) as a Christmas present in 1966 and comes with its original invoice (for $537.75) from Brad's Cycle Center and expired registration certificate (1967). A quantity of spares is offered with the machine, which retains its original paintwork and currently displays a total of only 1,053 miles on the odometer.