c.1958 Bianchi 175cc Tonale 4T
Frame no. 232861
Engine no. 232861
Founded in the late 1890s, Bianchi made little impact outside Italy before WW2 despite an innovative approach which saw a team of unitary construction, twin-overhead-cam 350s entered in the 1926 Isle of Man TT, the design having first appeared in 1924. In the post-war period the company's road range consisted mainly of lightweights, the mainstay of production being 175cc models like the Sandro Colombo-designed Tonale. Styled as only the Italians know how and featuring a unitary construction overhead-cam engine, duplex loop frame and full-width alloy hubs, the Tonale must have seemed light years in advance of its British contemporaries. This unregistered Tonale was privately imported from Italy many years ago, and was fully restored by the enthusiast vendor around 1998. Work undertaken included an engine rebuild and complete rewiring, while the wheels were rebuilt (with stainless spokes) by Steve Lomas. Since completion the machine has been kept on display and not ridden, though it has been started occasionally. Potentially eligible for the prestigious Giro d'Italia, this beautiful Italian lightweight is offered with copies of the operation/maintenance manual, spare parts list, wiring diagram and assorted magazine articles, together with a quantity of 'before restoration' photographs. A pillion footrest assembly comes with it.
- The upper photograph in the printed catalogue shows the machine immediately after restoration; the lower one as it is now, complete wth fuel pipe and breather hose.