Bonhams : 1959 Gilera 305cc B300 Extra Frame no. B31 4214 Engine no. 31/4216
1959 Gilera 305cc B300 Extra Frame no. B31 4214 Engine no. 31/4216

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Lot 490N
1959 Gilera 305cc B300 Extra
Registration no. not UK registered Frame no. B31 4214 Engine no. 31/4216

Sold for £ 1,610 (US$ 2,050) inc. premium
1959 Gilera 305cc B300 Extra
Registration no. not UK registered
Frame no. B31 4214
Engine no. 31/4216
Throughout the early 1950s Gilera's racers regularly grabbed the headlines, the Arcore marque's fours taking five manufacturer's titles and six individual championships in the hands of riders such as Duke, Liberati, and Masetti. However, although racing generated valuable publicity, it was sales of road bikes that paid the bills. Introduced in 1953, the B300 or Bicylindrica was an unusual departure for an Italian maker, being a British-style parallel twin; though, being Italian, it was better engineered and blessed with incomparably superior styling. A stressed member of the twin-downtube frame, the engine was effectively a double-up of the existing overhead-valve Arcore 150, built in-unit with a four-speed gearbox with right-side kick-starter, the latter a plus point in the UK market. Restyled and improved with, among other things, a dual seat and bigger brakes, the B300 remained in production until 1969.

An older restoration (date unknown), this machine is an example of the B300 Extra model, launched in November 1955. The vendor describes the machine as in generally very good condition and advises us that it is 'ready to ride'.

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1959 Gilera 305cc B300 Extra Frame no. B31 4214 Engine no. 31/4216
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