c.1961 Itom 50cc Racing Motorcycle Project
Engine no. 141943/SS
Inspired by Ducati Cucciolo importers Britax, 50cc racing began in the UK in 1955 but did not really take hold until the late 1950s, when the availability of the quick and relatively inexpensive Italian Itom Competizione made the class viable. Indeed, the two-stroke Itom was the machine to have at the time, for it dominated the class in Britain and provided a number of future stars, most notably Mike Hailwood, Dave Simmonds and Bill Ivy, with their first taste of circuit racing. This dismantled example has been owned from new by John Lawley and was ridden by him in the 1962 Isle of Man 50cc TT, finishing 21st. John came home one place ahead of Beryl Swain, who made history by becoming the first female rider to complete a TT race. The machine is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed. Two new-old-stock alloy wheel rims are included in the sale.