1977 Benelli 750cc Sei Frame no. BC 5526 Engine no. BC 005810
Lot 237
1977 Benelli 750cc Sei
Registration no. URF 336R Frame no. BC 5526 Engine no. BC 005810
Sold for £ 16,100 (US$ 21,183) inc. premium

Lot Details
1977 Benelli 750cc Sei Frame no. BC 5526 Engine no. BC 005810 1977 Benelli 750cc Sei Frame no. BC 5526 Engine no. BC 005810 1977 Benelli 750cc Sei Frame no. BC 5526 Engine no. BC 005810 1977 Benelli 750cc Sei Frame no. BC 5526 Engine no. BC 005810 1977 Benelli 750cc Sei Frame no. BC 5526 Engine no. BC 005810 1977 Benelli 750cc Sei Frame no. BC 5526 Engine no. BC 005810 1977 Benelli 750cc Sei Frame no. BC 5526 Engine no. BC 005810 1977 Benelli 750cc Sei Frame no. BC 5526 Engine no. BC 005810 1977 Benelli 750cc Sei Frame no. BC 5526 Engine no. BC 005810 1977 Benelli 750cc Sei Frame no. BC 5526 Engine no. BC 005810 1977 Benelli 750cc Sei Frame no. BC 5526 Engine no. BC 005810 1977 Benelli 750cc Sei Frame no. BC 5526 Engine no. BC 005810
1977 Benelli 750cc Sei
Registration no. URF 336R
Frame no. BC 5526
Engine no. BC 005810
Despite a racing heritage second to none, Benelli was in trouble by the late 1960s and fell into the clutches of Argentinian industrialist Alejandro De Tomaso in 1971. Under De Tomaso's stewardship the revitalised company was soon grabbing the headlines with a host of new models, none more startling than the 750cc Sei (Six) of 1972, the world's first production six-cylinder motorcycle. The fact that Benelli was able to produce the design so quickly despite lacking previous experience of this type of engine was easily explained: it looked like a Honda CB500 'four' with two extra cylinders, which in effect was just what it was. Even the bore and stroke dimensions were identical to those of the Japanese unit. Production properly began in 1974 but the Benelli was soon overshadowed by Honda's own CBX1000 'six', forcing the Italian company to respond with the 900 Sei in 1980.

First registered in the UK in December 1996, this Benelli 750 Sei was acquired by Miklos in September 2013 from one Terence Chapman of Hayle (purchase receipt available). Also on file is a quantity of MoTs (most recent expiring 22nd August 2018), old/current V5/V5C documents, and numerous invoices for parts and services. The most recent of the latter is dated December 2016 when new electronic ignition was fitted, and the machine stripped for repainting by Cycle Sprays of Cranleigh, Surrey.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.
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