c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail Frame no. 645658

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Lot 214
c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail
Frame no. 645658

Sold for US$ 1,265 inc. premium
c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail
Frame no. 645658
Italy's oldest surviving motorcycle manufacturer, Benelli, was founded in Pesaro in 1911 by the six Benelli brothers. For nearly 100 years it has manufactured motorcycles of virtually all sizes and purposes. Its road racing successes are second to none even when stood next to its Italian cousins Gilera, MV Agusta and Ducati. Let alone its foreign competitors Norton, Honda, Yamaha and others. Benelli offered a 2-stroke 'clip-on' power unit for attachment to a bicycle just after WWI, and it was this 98cc engine, installed in a purpose-built set of cycle parts, that was used for the first proper Benelli motorcycle of 1921. By the late 1950s and early 1960s Benelli was pumping out a large range of machines, from small to large, many of them 2-strokes. It was Honda's Mini Trail 50, the cute little 'monkey bike' that taught so many Americans how to ride. Starting in 1968 it would go on to become one of the company's best sellers, with in excess of a half million units sold. In North America Honda's 'monkey bike' would soon have many competitors, good and bad. One of the good ones was the American-market Benelli Dynamo Trail, a 50cc 2-stroke kick-start single, this one with 4-speeds and knobby tires. It remains in excellent running condition – a new rear tire was installed in 2019 – with just under 1,300 lifetime miles on its odometer. Its finish is good and very nicely patinated. It reportedly starts readily, and idles and runs well. A rare moto scimmia......no, you didn't guess it's Italian for 'monkey bike.'

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c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail Frame no. 645658
c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail Frame no. 645658
c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail Frame no. 645658
c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail Frame no. 645658
c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail Frame no. 645658
c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail Frame no. 645658
c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail Frame no. 645658
c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail Frame no. 645658
c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail Frame no. 645658
c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail Frame no. 645658
c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail Frame no. 645658
c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail Frame no. 645658
c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail Frame no. 645658
c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail Frame no. 645658
c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail Frame no. 645658
c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail Frame no. 645658
c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail Frame no. 645658
c.1969 Benelli 50cc Dynamo Trail Frame no. 645658
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