Bonhams : c.1950 Aermacchi 125N Frame no. 12506096 Engine no. 12506096
c.1950 Aermacchi 125N Frame no. 12506096 Engine no. 12506096

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Lot 451
c.1950 Aermacchi 125N
Registration no. 807 XUY Frame no. 12506096 Engine no. 12506096

£ 2,500 - 3,500
US$ 3,100 - 4,400
Amended
c.1950 Aermacchi 125N
Registration no. 807 XUY
Frame no. 12506096
Engine no. 12506096
A household name among motorcyclists thanks to its heroic achievement of producing the most highly developed and successful overhead-valve racing single ever, Aermacchi was a relative latecomer to motorcycle manufacture, building its first in the late 1940s. Designed by Lino Tonti, previously with Benelli, this was a scooter-like machine with open frame, which was powered by a 123cc two-stroke engine that pivoted with the rear suspension. Unlike most scooters, the Aermacchi used 17" wheels, so handled more like a conventional motorcycle. Fuel was carried in a tank under the seat, the forward compartment being intended for tools or luggage. By 1953 there were three versions on offer: the base model 'U', deluxe 'N' and 'M' sports roadster, the latter boasting a fuel tank in the conventional motorcycle position.

Imported from Italy, this 125N was restored in 2009, including an engine rebuild, and is described by the vendor as in generally excellent condition. This early Aermacchi is offered with dating certificate, expired MoT (March 2010), current road fund licence and Swansea V5.

Saleroom notices

  • The machine is MoT'd until February 2012.
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