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Lot 491: Guazzoni Production Racing Motorcycle

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

The Guazzoni factory was founded in Milan, Italy in 1935 by Aldo Guazzoni (1908-1978). At first the company built models fitted with proprietary engines before turning to the manufacture of three-wheelers. After the war Guazzoni became the Milan concessionaire for Motori Morini and in 1950 returned to the manufacture of motorcycles, making a 150cc two-stroke model for FBM of Bologna. Like many other small Italian concerns, Guazzoni would concentrate its efforts of the ultra-lightweight market, and throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s produced a succession of stylish sports roadsters such as the Cadetti and Matta. Many of them used rotary-valve two-stroke engines with reversed cylinders (exhaust at the rear), a feature that became something of a company hallmark. Guazzoni closed in 1976. The un-restored Guazzoni six-speed production racer offered here has just such an engine, which is said to be capable of 15,000 revs. The machine's history is not known, other than the fact that it was raced in Italy. There are no documents with this Lot.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number491
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€4200
Hammer Price (inc premium)€4830
Year1970
Condition rating
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number49
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)50
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors