1946 Gilera Saturno 500 Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. 84X90263604

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Lot 156
1946 Gilera Saturno 500 Project
Frame no. to be advised Engine no. 84X90263604

Sold for US$ 4,370 inc. premium
1946 Gilera Saturno 500 Project
Frame no. to be advised
Engine no. 84X90263604
The Saturno, in both touring and sports versions, was produced after World War II until 1959 as a 498 cc OHV single with 22 bhp at 5,000 rpm and swinging-arm rear suspension using parallel, twin horizontal coil springs. The racing version designated Saturno San Remo was campaigned with success in Italian national and international races but was unable to compete with the multi-cylinder and overhead camshaft opposition.

Very little is known about this Saturno – even whether it's a Turismo or a Sport, possibky a mix of the two – except that it was exported from Italy to Chile – probably when brandnew - where it was prepared (not very seriously, it should be noted) for road racing at some stage in its life. It was recently imported into the USA and while it is cosmetically in fine condition, it is clearly mechanically troubled and in need of a full, split-the-crankcases restoration. It is not thought to be stuck. Or put it another way, it's a 'tuner's dream', a special, rare opportunity to prepare one of the finest 500 4-stroke singles ever to leave Italy, a head-on competitor for the best from the United Kingdom, for the road and/or track again from the ground-up.

Footnotes

  • 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.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, the frame and engine number are both 263604. Offered on a Bill of Sale.
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1946 Gilera Saturno 500 Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. 84X90263604
1946 Gilera Saturno 500 Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. 84X90263604
1946 Gilera Saturno 500 Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. 84X90263604
1946 Gilera Saturno 500 Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. 84X90263604
1946 Gilera Saturno 500 Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. 84X90263604
1946 Gilera Saturno 500 Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. 84X90263604
1946 Gilera Saturno 500 Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. 84X90263604
1946 Gilera Saturno 500 Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. 84X90263604
1946 Gilera Saturno 500 Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. 84X90263604
1946 Gilera Saturno 500 Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. 84X90263604
1946 Gilera Saturno 500 Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. 84X90263604
1946 Gilera Saturno 500 Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. 84X90263604
1946 Gilera Saturno 500 Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. 84X90263604
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