Parilla 175cc Turismo (Tom's)
Lot 220
c.1957 Parilla 175cc Turismo Frame no. 407616 Engine no. 405293
£7,000 - 11,000
US$ 12,000 - 19,000
Lot Details
c.1957 Parilla 175cc Turismo
Frame no. 407616
Engine no. 405293
Giovanni Parrilla built his first motorcycle in 1946, dropping his surname's second 'r' to call the machine a Parilla. The first Parilla motorcycle - a 250cc overhead-camshaft single-cylinder racer - was the work of Giuseppe Salmaggi, who already had the Gilera Saturno to his credit. The firm went on to build a range of lightweight machines using two-stroke and four-stroke engines, and in 1952 at the Milan Show introduced the 'high cam' (camme rialzata) model for which it is best remembered. This was a 175cc single, built in Turismo and Competizione versions, which featured a chain-driven camshaft mounted on the side of the cylinder head, the valves being operated via short pushrods. Stunningly beautiful, Parilla's production racer was also exceedingly quick, one not-yet-run-in Competizione being clocked at over 96mph by an American magazine. Not surprisingly the 'high-cam' model proved extremely successful on the racetrack, particularly in the USA, and enlarged versions of 200cc and 250cc capacity followed. Purchased circa 1996 during Daytona Bike Week and believed previously resident in Argentina, this Parilla 175 has been kept in dehumidified storage ever since and is presented in generally good condition. There are no documents with this Lot.
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