1957 Moto Guzzi Gardellino 75
Lot 154
1957 Moto Guzzi Cardellino 65 Frame no. BCE 70
€2,800 - 3,200
US$ 3,600 - 4,100
amended

Lot Details
1957 Moto Guzzi Gardellino 75
1957 Moto Guzzi Cardellino 65
Frame no. BCE 70
Two-strokes did not feature in the Moto Guzzi range until after WW2 when the extraordinarily successful Motoleggera 65 put a whole generation of Italians on two wheels. A development of the Motoleggera, the Cardellino (goldfinch) first appeared at the Milan Show in 1953, retaining the 64cc engine of its predecessor while benefiting from a new, stronger frame. Early in 1956 the Cardellino was updated with a telescopic fork and full-width alloy hubs and later that same year a 73cc version was announced. Further developed and enlarged (to 83cc) the Cardellino remained in production until 1965. Like most Italian lightweights, the Cardellino was light-years in advance of foreign contemporaries, being reliable, comfortable and endowed with excellent roadholding and handling despite rather crude suspension. Totally restored to original condition, this Cardellino 65 is offered with ASI papers.

Footnotes

  • Moto Guzzi Cardellino 65, 1957
    Cadre n° BCE 70

    Il n'y eut pas de deux temps dans la gamme Moto-Guzzi avant la fin de la deuxième guerre, quand la Motoleggera 65 rencontra un succès incroyable et mit sur deux roues toute une génération d'Italiens. Une évolution de la Motoleggera, la Cardellino (chardonneret), fut présentée au Salon de Turin, avec le moteur de 64 cm3 de sa devancière, installé dans un nouveau cadre plus rigide. Au début de 1956, la Cardellino fut modernisée avec une fourche télescopique et des moyeux larges en alliage et, un peu plus tard dans la même année, une version de 73 cm3 était annoncée. Améliorée et dotée de moteurs de plus forte cylindrée (jusqu'à 83 cm3), la Cardellino resta en production jusqu'en 1965. Comme la plupart des motos italiennes légères, la Cardellino était en avance de plusieurs années lumières sur la concurrence étrangère contemporaine, fiable, confortable et doté d'un bon comportement routier et d'une bonne tenue de route, malgré ses suspensions un peu rustiques. Complètement restaurée dans sa configuration d'origine, cette Cardellino 65 est vendue avec ses papiers ASI.

Saleroom notices

  • The Frame Number is/ Le numéro de cadre est: BGS23 The Engine Number is/ Le numéro de moteur est: BGS23
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