Lot 108A: Moto Guzzi Galletto 192
Like Velocette's LE, Moto Guzzi's Galletto (cockerell) was intended to offer scooter-type weather protection and comfort allied to the superior handling qualities of a true motorcycle. But whereas Velocette started with an entirely clean slate for the LE's engine, Guzzi kept with tradition, which of course meant an overhead-valve, air-cooled 'flat single' with outside flywheel. The Galletto cycle parts consisted of a tubular steel spine frame combined with sheet metal pressings, complemented by a leading-link front fork and single-sided, rear swinging arm. In scooter fashion the Galletto came with a spare wheel, all three being interchangeable. Launched in March 1950 in 160cc/three-speed form, the Galletto was upgraded to 175cc and four speeds in 1952, and then to 192cc in 1954. Rare to find on these shores, the example on offer here was manufactured in 1962 and is the top of the range version and featured an electric start motor and with the large diameter wheels giving a very comfortable ride. It is very well preserved and in original condition and is supplied with a spare wheel.
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Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
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