c.1964 Moto Morini 125cc Corsaro Veloce
Frame no. E 38420
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 Honda. Founded in 1937, Alphonso Morini's company built two-stroke lightweights at first before developing a range of fast, overhead-camshaft roadsters during the 1950s. By the decade's end they had been replaced by a range of overhead-valve models and a 48cc two-stroke, which kept the firm afloat until the arrival of the v-twins. Built in various versions, Morini's offering in the 125cc class was the Corsaro (Pirate), which was first introduced towards the end of 1958. This well restored example of the latter previously belonged to the famous Dutch singer, Marco Borsato. Said to run well, the machine is offered with Netherlands registration application form (incorrectly identifying it as a 'Sette Bella').