1949 Gilera 499cc Saturno Corsa Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 26214 Engine no. 26214

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Lot 589
1949 Gilera 499cc Saturno Corsa Racing Motorcycle
Registration no. Unregistered Frame no. 26214 Engine no. 26214

Sold for £ 21,850 (US$ 28,597) inc. premium
1949 Gilera 499cc Saturno Corsa Racing Motorcycle
Registration no. Unregistered
Frame no. 26214
Engine no. 26214
• Iconic Italian competition model
• Original purchase agreement on file
• Restored condition
• Acquired in 2005

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 1952 and conventional coil-spring dampers at the rear soon after. Production of the Saturno range continued until 1959, its passing marking the end of the line for one of Italy's truly great classic motorcycles.

This original Saturno Corsa had already been restored when Robert purchased it in 2005 from its owner, Dott. Ing. Arrigo Manara, whom he had met at Montlhéry. Mr Manara invited Robert to view his collection and then settled on him as a suitable new owner for some of the machines. There is a (copy) letter from Mr Manara on file and the machine also comes with its original Moto Gilera Dichiarazione di Vendita (sales agreement) revealing that it was sold new in April 1949 to one Armando Miele of Naples. A parts catalogue is included in the sale.
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1949 Gilera 499cc Saturno Corsa Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 26214 Engine no. 26214
1949 Gilera 499cc Saturno Corsa Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 26214 Engine no. 26214
1949 Gilera 499cc Saturno Corsa Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 26214 Engine no. 26214
1949 Gilera 499cc Saturno Corsa Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 26214 Engine no. 26214
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