c.1956 Moto Parilla 125cc 'Works' Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 500504 Engine no. None visible

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Lot 583
c.1956 Moto Parilla 125cc 'Works' Racing Motorcycle
Registration no. not registered Frame no. 500504 Engine no. None visible

Sold for £ 29,900 (US$ 37,354) inc. premium
c.1956 Moto Parilla 125cc 'Works' Racing Motorcycle
Registration no. not registered
Frame no. 500504
Engine no. None visible
• Works twin-cam engine
• Production chassis
• Believed an older restoration

Giovanni Parrilla built his first motorcycle in 1946, dropping his surname's second 'r' to call the machine a 'Parilla'. Signor Parrilla owned a shop on the outskirts of Milan specialising in the repair of diesel injector pumps and he also held an agency for Bosch sparking plugs. The first Parilla motorcycle - a 250cc overhead-camshaft single-cylinder racer - was the work of Ing. Giuseppe Salmaggi, who already had the Gilera Saturno to his credit. Giovanni Parrilla was a big Norton fan so the 250 racer's engine employed a bevel-driven overhead-camshaft just like the British manufacturer's Manx. There the similarity ended however, for the Parilla was a thoroughly modern design boasting unitary construction of the engine/transmission and geared primary drive. The new power unit went into a welded loop-type chassis featuring a single down-tube, girder front fork and plunger rear suspension. (Later versions had a telescopic fork and swinging-arm suspension). Ridden on its debut by Nino Grieco on 1st October 1946, the Parilla could claim to be Italy's first new racing motorcycle since the War's end.

Production of road and race (corsa) models began in 1947 and later that year Salmaggi came up with an improved twin-cam (bialbero) version of the racer. A 350 'double-knocker' was introduced in 1950 and the bialbero Parillas gave a good account of themselves in the Italian long-distance races of the day as well as at Grand Prix level.

The second generation of Parilla motorcycles - known as the 'high-cam' (camme rialzata) - debuted at the Milan Show in 1952 in the form of the Fox roadster. This was a 175cc single, built in Turismo and Competizione versions, which featured a chain-driven camshaft mounted on the side of the cylinder head, the valves being operated via short pushrods. Stunningly beautiful, Parilla's production racer was also exceedingly quick, one not-yet-run-in Competizione being clocked at over 96mph by an American magazine. Not surprisingly the 'high-cam' model proved extremely successful on the racetrack, particularly in the USA, and enlarged versions of 200cc and 250cc capacity followed.

Well known in Parilla circles, this motorcycle consists of a works bialbero engine with gear driven cams, and a production chassis (essentially similar to that of a 175cc bialbero model) fitted with some newer cycle parts. Believed an older restoration, the machine was purchased by Robert in 2001 from Racing & Investment Motorcycles (purchase invoice on file).
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c.1956 Moto Parilla 125cc 'Works' Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 500504 Engine no. None visible
c.1956 Moto Parilla 125cc 'Works' Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 500504 Engine no. None visible
c.1956 Moto Parilla 125cc 'Works' Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 500504 Engine no. None visible
c.1956 Moto Parilla 125cc 'Works' Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 500504 Engine no. None visible
c.1956 Moto Parilla 125cc 'Works' Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 500504 Engine no. None visible
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