1955 Moto Morini 175cc Corsa
Frame no. 16089
Engine no. GT6089
Before the arrival of its family of 72-degree v-twin roadsters in 1973, Morini's reputation had rested mainly on its highly successful double-overhead-cam single-cylinder racers that came within a whisker of snatching the 1963 250cc World Championship from mighty Honda. Founded in 1937, Alfonso Morini's company built two-stroke lightweights at first before developing a range of fast four-stroke roadsters during the 1950s, the first of which appeared at the Milan Show in November 1952. Morini chose to pitch its newcomer into the hotly contested 175cc market sector, machines of this capacity being immensely popular in Continental Europe at that time. The Morini 175 Turismo was powered by an overhead-valve engine built in unit with a four-speed gearbox, which went into a state-of-the-art set of cycle parts consisting of a swinging arm frame and telescopic front forks. Morini being an Italian manufacturer with a passion for racing, it was not long before a sports version arrived in the form of the GT (Gran Turismo) which would be the first of many high-performance variants.
Manufactured in 1955 but not converted to racing specification until 1968, this Moto Morini 175 has been restored and is described by the vendor as in generally good condition. The machine is offered with Italian estratto cronologico and FMI passport. No reserve.