c.1973 Benelli Tornado 650S Frame no. ES4070 Engine no. 2187
Lot 373
c.1973 Benelli Tornado 650S
Registration no. HGU 498J Frame no. ES4070 Engine no. 2187
£2,400 - 2,800
US$ 4,000 - 4,700
amended
Lot Details
c.1973 Benelli Tornado 650S
Registration no. HGU 498J
Frame no. ES4070
Engine no. 2187
Best remembered for its racing fours and road-going sixes, the Benelli factory of Pesaro in northern Italy exhibited its first 650cc twin at the Milan Show in 1967, though production did not begin in earnest until 1971. Christened 'Tornado', the new model - it was hoped - would cash-in on the popularity of big parallel twins in the lucrative US market. With its 360-degree crankshaft and pushrod valve gear, the Benelli motor aped its British counterparts but followed Japanese practice by employing unitary construction of the engine/gearbox, a horizontally-split crankcase and geared primary drive. Alternator electrics and a starter motor were introduced on the 650S in 1973. Production of the final version - the 650S2 - ceased in 1975. A machine for the parallel-twin enthusiast who dares to be different, this Tornado 650S has been refurbished with rebuilt wheels, re-sprayed side panels, a re-covered seat and a new exhaust system. The machine is offered with Swansea V5C registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number is 187.
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