1955 Parilla 175cc MDS Turismo Frame no. 403217 Engine no. 403217
Lot 120
1955 Parilla 175cc MDS Turismo
Registration no. YSU 647 Frame no. 403217 Engine no. 403217
Sold for £3,220 (US$ 5,038) inc. premium

Lot Details
1955 Parilla 175cc MDS Turismo Frame no. 403217 Engine no. 403217 1955 Parilla 175cc MDS Turismo Frame no. 403217 Engine no. 403217 1955 Parilla 175cc MDS Turismo Frame no. 403217 Engine no. 403217 1955 Parilla 175cc MDS Turismo Frame no. 403217 Engine no. 403217 1955 Parilla 175cc MDS Turismo Frame no. 403217 Engine no. 403217 1955 Parilla 175cc MDS Turismo Frame no. 403217 Engine no. 403217 1955 Parilla 175cc MDS Turismo Frame no. 403217 Engine no. 403217 1955 Parilla 175cc MDS Turismo Frame no. 403217 Engine no. 403217 1955 Parilla 175cc MDS Turismo Frame no. 403217 Engine no. 403217 1955 Parilla 175cc MDS Turismo Frame no. 403217 Engine no. 403217 1955 Parilla 175cc MDS Turismo Frame no. 403217 Engine no. 403217
1955 Parilla 175cc MDS Turismo
Registration no. YSU 647
Frame no. 403217
Engine no. 403217
Giovanni Parilla's first motorcycle of 1946 was a 250cc overhead-camshaft single. The Milan-based firm went on to build a range of lightweight machines using two-stroke and four-stroke engines, and in 1954 introduced the high-camshaft model for which it is best remembered. This was a 175cc single, built in Turismo and Competizione versions, which featured a chain-driven camshaft mounted on the side of the cylinder head, the valves being operated via short pushrods. Stunningly beautiful, the Parilla was also exceedingly quick, one not-yet-run-in Competizione being clocked at over 96mph by an American magazine. Not surprisingly the 'high-cam' model proved extremely successful on the racetrack, and enlarged versions of 200cc and 250cc capacity followed. This Parilla 175 was purchased from Rotadale Ltd of London SE25 (probably its importer) in 1990 and remained unused as part of the same private collection until October 2009 when it was offered for sale at Bonhams' Stafford auction (Lot 447). Purchased there by the current vendor, the machine has been kept in storage as part of his extensive private collection since acquisition, and although not used has been started recently. Re-commissioning and the customary safety checks will be required before it returns to the road. Presented in original and un-restored condition, this rare Italian thoroughbred is offered with a photocopied instruction manual and V5C registration document.
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