10 kilometres since restoration
1959 Gilera 98cc Giubileo
Frame no. 139101
Engine no. 139101
Throughout the early 1950s it was Gilera's racers that grabbed the headlines, taking five Manufacturer's titles and six individual World 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. Most were lightweights based on the overhead-valve 125cc single that had appeared in prototype form in 1948. These simple OHV singles proved top sellers throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s, although their high price outside Italy made them a relatively rare sight overseas. The name 'Giubileo' was first used by Gilera in 1959, the year that the company celebrated its Golden Jubilee, for a new range of lightweights commencing with the 98 Giubileo. This particular 98 Giubileo has covered only 10 kilometres since total restoration to original specification and is described as 'like new'.
- The frame and engine numbers are: 001 39101