1968 Benelli Sprite 125cc (EUG 670F)
Lot 352
1968 Benelli 125cc Sprite Frame no. 440598 Engine no. 10605
Sold for £1,150 (US$ 1,931) inc. premium
Lot Details
1968 Benelli 125cc Sprite
Registration no. EUG 670F
Frame no. 440598
Engine no. 10605
Italy's oldest surviving motorcycle manufacturer, Benelli was founded in 1911 by the six Benelli brothers, the oldest of whom, Giuseppe, left in 1949 to found his own company – Moto 'B' Pesaro, later Motobi. The firm's first design was a 98cc single-cylinder two-stroke lightweight with horizontal engine, a layout that would characterise its offerings from then onwards. In the early 1950s a new range of all-aluminium engines was introduced, whose profile resembled that of an egg or rugby ball, and this style was deliberately retained when Motobi switched to overhead-valve four-strokes towards the decade's end. Six years after Giuseppe's death in 1957, Motobi merged with Benelli and its models continued to be manufactured, although now with 'Benelli' on the tank. Last taxed to 30th November 2007, this well presented example of a Benelli-badged Motobi has been in storage since then and will require re-commissioning before returning to the road. Sold strictly as viewed, the machine is offered with dating letter, DVLA/SORN paperwork, expired MoT (2007), Swansea V5C document, workshop manual (reprint) and a folder of technical and historical information. It should be noted that there is no front brake lever or cable, and that the non-standard racing seat is to Honda pattern. No reserve.
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