Benelli 750 cm3 Sei 1976  Frame no. BC 5864 Engine no. C 07279

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Benelli 750 cm3 Sei 1976
Frame no. BC 5864 Engine no. C 07279

Sold for € 16,675 (US$ 18,819) inc. premium
Benelli 750 cm3 Sei 1976
Frame no. BC 5864
Engine no. C 07279
• Première moto six cylindres de production
• Excellent état d 'origine
• A roulé jusqu'en 1981

En dépit d'un passé en compétition des plus glorieux, Benelli se trouva dans une situation financière désastreuse à la fin des années 1960 avant de passer sous le contrôle de l'industriel argentin Alejandro De Tomaso en 1971. Sous la gestion De Tomaison, la société réorganisée ne tarda pas à faire les gros titres avec une série de nouveaux modèles dont la 750 cm3 Sei (Six) de 1972, première moto six cylindres de production au monde, ne fut pas le moins surprenant. Le fait que Benelli fût en mesure de produire un modèle aussi rapidement sans avoir l'expérience nécessaire de ce type de moteur s'expliqua facilement : il ressemblait à un Honda CB 500 quatre cylindres avec deux cylindres de plus et c'est justement ce qu'il était. La production elle-même débuta en 1974, mais la Benelli fut bientôt éclipsée par la propre six-cylindres CBX 1000 de Honda. La firme italienne répliqua en 1980 avec la 900 Sei équipée du moteur original à 1 ACT dont l'alésage et la course avaient été augmentés pour obtenir une cylindrée de 905, 9 cm3 . La production de la 900 Sei se poursuivit jusqu'en 1987.

En excellent état d'origine, cette belle Benelli Sei représente une superbe opportunité pour le collectionneur avisé ou le responsable d'un musée d'acquérir une machine d'une grande importance historique dans le développement de la moto. Conduite sur route pour la dernière fois en 1981, elle est proposée avec ses papiers d'immatriculation suédois datés de cette même année. Le compteur affiche un total de 7 279 km.

Footnotes

  • 1976 Benelli 750cc Sei
    Frame no. BC 5864
    Engine no. C 07279
    .



    • The first six-cylinder production motorcycle
    • Excellent original condition
    • Last used in 1981

    Despite a racing heritage second to none, Benelli was in financial difficulty by the late 1960s, falling 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 six-cylinder production 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. Production proper began in 1974 but the Benelli was soon overshadowed by Honda's own CBX1000 six. The Italian company responded in 1980 with the 900 Sei, which used the original single-cam engine bored and stroked for a capacity of 905.9cc. Production of the 900 Sei ceased in 1987.

    Presented in excellent original condition, this beautiful Benelli Sei represents a wonderful opportunity for the discerning collector or museum trustee to acquire a machine of great historical significance in the development of the motorcycle. Last used on the road in 1981, it comes with Swedish registration papers dating from that year. A total of 7,279 kilometres is displayed on the odometer.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is BC5748. The engine number is BC005864.
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Benelli 750 cm3 Sei 1976  Frame no. BC 5864 Engine no. C 07279
Benelli 750 cm3 Sei 1976  Frame no. BC 5864 Engine no. C 07279
Benelli 750 cm3 Sei 1976  Frame no. BC 5864 Engine no. C 07279
Benelli 750 cm3 Sei 1976  Frame no. BC 5864 Engine no. C 07279
Benelli 750 cm3 Sei 1976  Frame no. BC 5864 Engine no. C 07279
Benelli 750 cm3 Sei 1976  Frame no. BC 5864 Engine no. C 07279
Benelli 750 cm3 Sei 1976  Frame no. BC 5864 Engine no. C 07279
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