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Lot 479: Garelli Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

At the end of the disappointing 1988 season, Garelli and Team Pileri went their separate ways. By this time Garelli was in financial difficulty: the plant in Sesto was closed and production concentrated on its factory at Monticello. There was little money available for racing, though the firm was once again represented in the 125cc class, its riders for 1989 being Domenico Brigaglia and Emilio Cuppini. Brigaglia's best placings were 6th in Austria and 7th in Great Britain, while Cuppini managed not a single point from seven starts. This sorry state of affairs effectively signalled the end of Garelli's involvement in Grand Prix racing. In 1991 the factory closed and Daniele Agrati dispersed the racing department's remaining machines among selected private collectors. The machine offered here represents the final development of Garelli's 125cc Grand Prix racer. It still retains the characteristic aluminium monocoque chassis, the most obvious changes from the immediately preceding version being a deeper centre section and increased bracing at the swinging arm pivot. Note the 'Grand Prix Brno' sticker on the fairing. This actual machine is featured on page 149 of 'Agrati Garelli: 80 anni di storia' by Daniele Agrati and Roberto Patrignani.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number479
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€6800
Hammer Price (inc premium)€7820
Year1989
Condition rating
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number001-1
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)125
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors