1951 Gillet 550 Single Frame no. 500541 Engine no. 500541

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Lot 48
1951 Gillet 550 Single
Frame no. 500541 Engine no. 500541

US$ 10,000 - 13,000
£ 7,400 - 9,700
1951 Gillet 550 Single
Frame no. 500541
Engine no. 500541
René Gillet ran his Gillet-Herstal company from 1898 to 1957. Herstal refers to the town in Belgium where he operated. He built both cars and motorcycles. The bikes were stout, up-to-date in some ways and utilitarian in others. During the 1930s, the marque's reliability resulted in heavy use by the Belgian police. During WWII they built an interesting flathead 720cc sidecar rig with drive to the sidecar wheel.

The offered lot is a Gillet 550 flathead single from the 1951 production. It came out of a museum in Germany. It is original and research shows that the unexpected Amal carburetor and Lucas generator were original. The bike features magnesium cases, a four speed gearbox, unit construction and telescopic forks. The mirrors are original according to the accompanying shop and parts manuals which come with the bike. The shop manual is in German, Dutch, and French, but the photographs tell you all you need to know.

This Gillet is as rare as they get in the States and features build quality second to none in its era.
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1951 Gillet 550 Single Frame no. 500541 Engine no. 500541
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