c.1963 Motobi 98cc Frame no. 2538 Engine no. 2538

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Lot 560N
c.1963 Motobi 98cc
Frame no. 2538 Engine no. 2538

£ 150 - 250
US$ 200 - 330
To be sold without reserve
Amended
c.1963 Motobi 98cc
Frame no. 2538
Engine no. 2538
The now-defunct Italian manufacturer Motobi is closely related to Benelli. In 1949 the eldest of the six Benelli brothers, Giuseppe, left to found his own company: Moto 'B' Pesaro, later Motobi. The latter's first design was the Model B, a 98cc single-cylinder two-stroke lightweight with horizontal engine, a layout that would characterise its offerings from then onwards. In the early 1950s a new range of all-aluminium engines was introduced whose profile resembled that of an egg or rugby ball, and this style was deliberately retained when Motobi switched to overhead-valve four-strokes towards the decade's end. Derivatives of the Model B continued to be offered into the 1960s, the later example seen here having twin-shock rear suspension rather than the leaf-sprung arrangement of earlier models. There are no documents with this incomplete machine, which is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed.

Footnotes

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c.1963 Motobi 98cc Frame no. 2538 Engine no. 2538
c.1963 Motobi 98cc Frame no. 2538 Engine no. 2538
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