1953 Moto Guzzi Airone
Lot 446
1953 Moto Guzzi 250cc Airone Frame no. 18883 Engine no. 38881
Sold for £4,830 (US$ 7,785) inc. premium

Lot Details
1953 Moto Guzzi Airone
1953 Moto Guzzi 250cc Airone
Registration no. ZV 8074
Frame no. 18883
Engine no. 38881
Carlo Guzzi's very first prototype motorcycle of 1919 was unconventional in so far as its 500cc single-cylinder engine was installed horizontally and built in unit with the gearbox, and although the company would eventual turn to other engine layouts, the 'flat single' had established itself as a Guzzi hallmark by the end of the 1930s. Guzzi recommenced production post-war with range of updated pre-war designs, which in the case of the 250cc Airone (heron) meant it gained a telescopic front fork, larger diameter brakes and an aluminium-alloy cylinder barrel and 'head. The Airone offered a 70mph top speed and the ability to cruise at 60-plus all day, and remained a top seller well into the 1950s. This particular Airone was treated to a 'last nut and bolt' restoration in 2004, since when it has been dry stored and not used. The current owner purchased the Guzzi in 2006 from Yesterdays Antique Motorcycles in the Netherlands. Maintained in working condition, the machine is offered with Republic of Ireland registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number is M88609
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