c.1950 Gilera 499cc Saturno Sport Frame no. 267704 Engine no. 267704

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Lot 591
c.1950 Gilera 499cc Saturno Sport
Registration no. Unregistered Frame no. 267704 Engine no. 267704

Sold for £ 14,375 (US$ 19,349) inc. premium
c.1950 Gilera 499cc Saturno Sport
Registration no. Unregistered
Frame no. 267704
Engine no. 267704
• Iconic Italian model
• Restored circa 2000
• Purchased 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 beautiful Saturno Sport had already been restored (circa 2000) 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 letter from Mr Manara on file and the machine also comes with an expired MoT (2005-2006), photocopied technical literature, a dating letter, and a copy of its old Italian registration document.
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c.1950 Gilera 499cc Saturno Sport Frame no. 267704 Engine no. 267704
c.1950 Gilera 499cc Saturno Sport Frame no. 267704 Engine no. 267704
c.1950 Gilera 499cc Saturno Sport Frame no. 267704 Engine no. 267704
c.1950 Gilera 499cc Saturno Sport Frame no. 267704 Engine no. 267704
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