c.1974 AMF Harley-Davidson 250cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 250/2C/2T/10063 Engine no. 250/2C/2T/10063
Lot 365N
c.1974 AMF Harley-Davidson 250cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. 250/2C/2T/10063 Engine no. 250/2C/2T/10063
Sold for £ 12,650 (US$ 16,638) inc. premium

Lot Details
c.1974 AMF Harley-Davidson 250cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 250/2C/2T/10063 Engine no. 250/2C/2T/10063 c.1974 AMF Harley-Davidson 250cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 250/2C/2T/10063 Engine no. 250/2C/2T/10063 c.1974 AMF Harley-Davidson 250cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 250/2C/2T/10063 Engine no. 250/2C/2T/10063 c.1974 AMF Harley-Davidson 250cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 250/2C/2T/10063 Engine no. 250/2C/2T/10063 c.1974 AMF Harley-Davidson 250cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 250/2C/2T/10063 Engine no. 250/2C/2T/10063 c.1974 AMF Harley-Davidson 250cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 250/2C/2T/10063 Engine no. 250/2C/2T/10063 c.1974 AMF Harley-Davidson 250cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 250/2C/2T/10063 Engine no. 250/2C/2T/10063 c.1974 AMF Harley-Davidson 250cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 250/2C/2T/10063 Engine no. 250/2C/2T/10063 c.1974 AMF Harley-Davidson 250cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 250/2C/2T/10063 Engine no. 250/2C/2T/10063 c.1974 AMF Harley-Davidson 250cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 250/2C/2T/10063 Engine no. 250/2C/2T/10063 c.1974 AMF Harley-Davidson 250cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 250/2C/2T/10063 Engine no. 250/2C/2T/10063 c.1974 AMF Harley-Davidson 250cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 250/2C/2T/10063 Engine no. 250/2C/2T/10063 c.1974 AMF Harley-Davidson 250cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 250/2C/2T/10063 Engine no. 250/2C/2T/10063
c.1974 AMF Harley-Davidson 250cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. 250/2C/2T/10063
Engine no. 250/2C/2T/10063
• Previously in the Rimini Motorcycle Museum
• In original condition and never restored
• On museum display for more than 30 years
• The engine has been started regularly

With the competitiveness of its over-the-counter single-cylinder four-stroke racers rapidly diminishing as the 1960s progressed, Aermacchi (by now part of AMF-owned Harley-Davidson) had no option but to develop a new generation of two-stroke machines. They started out with a simple piston-ported 125cc single in 1967, which was doubled up to form a 250cc twin in 1969 and later a similar 350. Delays meant that the new 250 did not see its first race until March 1971, when Renzo Pasolini finished a promising 7th place at Modena despite crashing. Weighing the same as the 250cc pushrod single but with an extra 11bhp on tap, the two-stroke represented a huge leap forward; indeed in 1972 it garnered three Grand Prix wins for Aermacchi and Pasolini, who lost the 250cc World Championship by a single point to Yamaha's Jarno Saarinen. Pasolini's tragic death in 1973 put the brakes on Aermacchi's racing effort that year, and when the new two-strokes returned to the track in 1974 they were badged as AMF Harley-Davidson, Aermacchi having severed its links with the motorcycle business.

This rare example of AMF Harley-Davidson's Grand Prix 250 was previously in the Rimini Motorcycle Museum and before that belonged to the Cesena Motorcycle Club, which made it available to club members. In original condition and never restored, the machine has been on museum display for more than 30 years and will require re-commissioning before further use. We are advised that the engine has been started regularly.

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  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.
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