1948 Gilera 499cc Saturno  Chassis no. 265202 Engine no. 26A2453

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1948 Gilera 499cc Saturno
Chassis no. 265202 Engine no. 26A2453

Sold for US$ 8,740 inc. premium
1948 Gilera 499cc Saturno
Chassis no. 265202
Engine no. 26A2453
The best known and most successful large-capacity Gilera roadster of the immediate post-WW2 period was the 500cc Saturno. First seen in 1940 in competition guise, the Saturno - a 499cc, overhead-valve, four-stroke single - did not enter production until 1946 when it appeared with the horizontally-sprung, friction-damped, swinging-arm rear suspension first seen on the pre-war blown ‘four’ racer. In the late 1940s the factory built a limited number of Competizione versions of the Saturno, and this model resulted in the more highly developed San Remo racer that featured a more powerful engine, blade girder fork and full-width front hub. Ridden by major stars of the day, the San Remo established an enviable competition record, proving capable of beating multi-cylinder rivals around tighter circuits on numerous occasions.

This example was acquired, already restored, at the Daytona Bike Week sale in the late 1990s. The machine has since benefited from some cosmetic tidying, but has not been started while in the present ownership.
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