Lot 508: 1956 Maserati L125T2
Contrary to popular belief, Maserati motorcycles were not manufactured at the eponymous car-makerís Modena factory, but by another subsidiary of the Orsi Group parent company - Fabbrica Candele e Accumulatori Maserati (FCAM) - that manufactured spark plugs and other automotive electrical components. Demand for two-wheeled transportation was booming in post-WW2 Italy, a state of affairs that FCAM decided to exploit by purchasing Italmoto, a small independent manufacturer in Bologna, in 1953. Production was transferred to FCAMís factory in Modena and the company reconstituted as Maserati Candele, Accumulatori e Moto, producing Italmotoís existing designs initially before a range of new Maserati-designed models came on stream. Motorcycles soon became MCAMís most important products, but nevertheless became casualties of the Orsi Groupís financial meltdown at the end of the 1950s, MCAM being placed in liquidation in 1960. This Maserati Ď125í was sold new in Italy in 1956 and imported into Germany by the current owner in the 1990s. Described by the vendor as 100% original and unrestored, the machine is offered with all of its original documentation including Italian and German registration papers.
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Bonhams, Olympia, London,
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