c.1955 Gilera 125 Turismo (see text) Frame no. 181-6059 Engine no. 181-10651

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Lot 550N
c.1955 Gilera 125 Turismo (see text)
Frame no. 181-6059 Engine no. 181-10651

£ 400 - 900
US$ 520 - 1,200
To be sold without reserve
Amended
c.1955 Gilera 125 Turismo (see text)
Frame no. 181-6059
Engine no. 181-10651
Gilera first sprang to prominence in the late 1930s when its supercharged four-cylinder racers trounced BMW in Grands Prix and snatched the world speed record away from the German marque. Throughout the early 1950s it was Gilera's racers that again grabbed the headlines, taking five manufacturer's titles and six individual championships in the hands of riders such as Duke, Liberati and Masetti. Although racing generated valuable publicity, it was sales of road bikes that paid the bills. The majority of machines sold were lightweights based on the overhead-valve 125cc single that had appeared in prototype form in 1948. Developed and enlarged first to 150cc and then 175cc, these simple OHV singles, built in both Turismo and Sport versions, proved top sellers throughout the 1950s. This incomplete Gilera is offered for restoration. It should be noted that at time of cataloguing it had not been possible to determine the engine's capacity.

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c.1955 Gilera 125 Turismo (see text) Frame no. 181-6059 Engine no. 181-10651
c.1955 Gilera 125 Turismo (see text) Frame no. 181-6059 Engine no. 181-10651
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