1953 Ferrari 150cc Super Sport
Frame no. 1325SS
Engine no. 1325SS
'A big name but a small factory. There was no connection with Enzo Ferrari and his cars. Still, Ferrari motorcycles were of sound design and the range included two-stoke and ohv machines from 123cc to 248cc. The last model was a beautiful 173cc vertical-twin ohc machine.' Tragatsch. One can only imagine the excitement when it was rumoured that Ferrari would unveil a motorcycle at the 1953 Milan Show. What appeared was a 125cc single-cylinder two-stroke painted in bright Italian rosso corsa, complete with a version of Ferrari's 'prancing horse' badges. The latter only lasted for the duration of the show but nevertheless succeeded in achieving the desired publicity and orders. Of course, what was on offer was not the product of Enzo Ferrari but Fratelli Ferrari, two brothers who happened to share his surname, a not at all uncommon one in Italy. Enzo Ferrari was not best pleased. The motorcycle itself was a typical Italian lightweight of the era, boasting a simple tubular frame, telescopic front forks and friction damped, torsion bar rear suspension, while the engine looked like a copy of the contemporary Parilla. Today genuine Fratelli Ferrari motorcycles are extremely rare and highly prized by discerning collectors, particularly those that already have one of their four-wheeled namesakes in the garage. The example offered here is described by the vendor as original and un-restored. There are no documents with this Lot.
- The frame and engine numbers are: 513255