1957 Rumi 125 Junior Frame no. 155SS012 Engine no. 2XX11905

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Lot 640N
1957 Rumi 125 Junior
Frame no. 155SS012 Engine no. 2XX11905

£ 8,000 - 12,000
US$ 10,000 - 16,000
To be sold without reserve
1957 Rumi 125 Junior
Frame no. 155SS012
Engine no. 2XX11905
Rumi was founded in Bergamo, Italy at the beginning of the 20th Century. The company originally supplied components to the textile industry and during World War 2 produced miniature submarines and torpedoes. Headed by Donnino Rumi, it switched to motorcycle manufacture at the war's end, introducing its first Turismo model in 1950. This little gem was powered by what would become Rumi's trademark engine, a 125cc parallel twin two-stroke, the cylinders of which were inclined horizontally. Built in numerous different stages of tune, this wonderfully versatile motor was used to power standard, Sport and Competizione models, as well as a range of highly advanced scooters. It is for the latter that Rumi is best remembered today, particularly the Formichino (Little Ant) and its derivatives, which were among the fastest scooters of their day. Sadly, despite its technical innovation and engineering prowess, Rumi had gone by 1962. Offered here is an example of the Junior model, the Corsa (racing) version of which superseded the Competizione in 1955. Weighing a mere 85kg (187lb), it has nine horsepower on tap and is good for a top speed of 115km/h (71mph). Restored by Giancarlo Morbidelli, this machine is believed to have competed in long-distance classics such as Milan-Taranto and the Moto Giro d'Italia. There are no documents with this Lot.

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1957 Rumi 125 Junior Frame no. 155SS012 Engine no. 2XX11905
1957 Rumi 125 Junior Frame no. 155SS012 Engine no. 2XX11905
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