Gilera 499 cm3 Saturno 1948  Frame no. 264780 Engine no. 264780

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Gilera 499 cm3 Saturno 1948
Frame no. 264780 Engine no. 264780

Sold for € 9,200 (US$ 10,280) inc. premium
Gilera 499 cm3 Saturno 1948
Frame no. 264780
Engine no. 264780
• Moto italienne emblématique
• Ancienne version à fourche à parallélogramme
• Restauration de la qualité musée

La Saturno reste la plus célèbre et la plus réussie des routières de grosse cylindrée de Gilera de l'immédiat de l'après-guerre. Vue pour la première fois en 1940 en version compétition, la Saturno – une « mono » à quatre temps de 499 cm3 à soupapes en tête – n'entra pas en production jusqu'à 1946 pour apparaître avec la suspension arrière à bras oscillant à ressort horizontal et amortisseur à friction vu pour la première fois sur la machine de course à compresseur d'avant guerre. À la fin des années 1940, l'usine construisit en nombre limité des versions Competizione de la Saturno et ce modèle donna le jour à la moto de course de San Remo plus développée qui se caractérisait par un moteur plus poussé, une fourche à parallélogramme à ressort à lame et un moyeu tambour à l'avant. Le stade suivant du développement du modèle, la Corsa qui arriva en 1951, bénéficiait d'un moteur révisé portant davantage d'ailettes et doté d'un carter de plus grande capacité. Une fourche avant télescopique et des amortisseurs arrière hydrauliques conventionnels apparurent sur ce modèle qui reçut le nom de Piuma (plume) en raison de la qualité de son comportement due à ces nouvelles solutions techniques. La production des routières Saturno se poursuivit jusqu'en 1959, leur disparition marquant la fin d'une lignée de grandes classiques italiennes.

Cette Saturno étonnante digne des plus beaux musées fut achetée en Allemagne où elle aurait été restaurée vers 2000 par Olivier Mayer. Aucun document n'accompagne ce lot.

Footnotes

  • 1948 Gilera 499cc Saturno
    Frame no. 264780
    Engine no. 264780

    • Iconic Italian model
    • Early girder fork version
    • Museum-standard restoration
    .



    The best known and most successful large-capacity Gilera roadster of the immediate post-WW2 period was the 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. The design's next development, the Corsa, arrived in 1951 boasting a revised engine with increased finning and a larger sump. A telescopic front fork and conventional hydraulically damped rear shock absorbers made their first appearance on this model, giving rise to the name Piuma (feather) because of the ease of handling these advances conferred. Major changes to the Turismo and Sport roadsters were mainly confined to the cycle parts, which were updated with a telescopic front fork and full-width alloy front brake for 1951 and conventional coil-spring dampers at the rear soon after. Production of the Saturno roadsters continued until 1959, their passing marking the end of the line for one of Italy's truly great classic motorcycles.

    This stunning, museum-standard Saturno was acquired from Germany where it is believed to have been restored circa 2000 by Oliver Mayer. There are no documents with this Lot.
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Gilera 499 cm3 Saturno 1948  Frame no. 264780 Engine no. 264780
Gilera 499 cm3 Saturno 1948  Frame no. 264780 Engine no. 264780
Gilera 499 cm3 Saturno 1948  Frame no. 264780 Engine no. 264780
Gilera 499 cm3 Saturno 1948  Frame no. 264780 Engine no. 264780
Gilera 499 cm3 Saturno 1948  Frame no. 264780 Engine no. 264780
Gilera 499 cm3 Saturno 1948  Frame no. 264780 Engine no. 264780
Gilera 499 cm3 Saturno 1948  Frame no. 264780 Engine no. 264780
Gilera 499 cm3 Saturno 1948  Frame no. 264780 Engine no. 264780
Gilera 499 cm3 Saturno 1948  Frame no. 264780 Engine no. 264780
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