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1957 Gilera 500 Grand Prix Replica

Sale price: £100000 - $151540 - €130497

Item location: Weybridge, United Kingdom
Sale type: Fixed price listing

Brand: Gilera
Model: 500 Grand Prix Replica
Year: 1957
Condition: Used
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For sale by auction on Saturday 07 June 2014 with Historics at Brooklands. Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit. Weybridge. Surrey. Call 01753 639170
The Gilera family started in business in 1909 at Arcore near
Monza. Giuseppe Gilera's first machine being a 317cc side-valve
single. At the end of the First World War. the company was
Italy's main motorcycle supplier thanks to war contracts. In 1936
Gilera bought the 1934-1935 Rondine. a four-cylinder 499cc
supercharged and water-cooled road racer designed by Carlo Gianni
and Pietro Remor. Count Bonmartini. a wealthy financier. had backed
the Rondine racer (originally in sohc form) and engaged Piero
Taruffi and Amilcare Rosetti as riders. Gilera developed the
design. gaining many race successes and world speed records until
the outbreak of war in 1939. That season it was regarded as the
fastest of European road racers with Dorino Serafini beating the
supercharged BMWs at the German Grand Prix. Superchargers were
banned post-war so. in 1948. Remor designed a new 50 bhp/125mph
air-cooled dohc four (claimed weight under 300lb). It became the
dominant marque in the 500cc world championships of the fifties. br/>taking the titles in 1952-1955 (Geoff Duke) and 1957 (Libero
Liberati). It is likely that Duke would have won the 1956 title for
Gilera but for a six month ban imposed by the FIM.

Duke joined the Gilera Team in 1953 and quickly established
rapport with the family-run factory. He persuaded Gilera to lower
the machine and improve suspension and streamlining. in effect. br/>'Nortonising' it. Duke had won the 1951 (500cc) and 1951 and 1952
(350cc) world championships for Norton and was used to the
qualities afforded by the Featherbed framed Manx models.
Among Gilera's many classic victories. the one that stands out most
is Glaswegian Bob McIntyre's Senior Golden Jubilee Isle of Man TT
win in 1957 when he was the first to lap the Mountain circuit at
more than 100mph. And. on the fourth of eight laps. (301. 84 miles)
he increased speed to lap at 101. 12mph on the dustbin faired
model.

Manufactured by the now famous and hugely respected engineer. br/>Mark Kay of Meccanica Verghera Ltd. this immaculately presented
500cc Grand Prix replica was built for the current owner in 2000
and has not turned a wheel since. Kept in dehumidified conditions
and in 'as new' condition. this exceptional example sports 499cc
dohc transverse four cylinder engine with a 10. 5:1 compression
breathing through four 26mm Dell Orto SS1 carburettors with two
float chambers.

The crankcase is a single one-piece cast magnesium unit with
silver- plated needle roller big end bearings. Using wet sump
lubrication. all oil is shared by the transmission which happens to
be a bespoke Meccanica Verghera Ltd. It has a five-speed cassette
loading gearbox with right foot change (one up. four down)
with wet multiplate clutch and chain final drive. The suspension is
hand-made telescopic fork with internal springs (damping to be
modified by Maxton Engineering) with 4" travel and a rear swinging
arm with Hagon Girling lookalike rear units giving 3" movement.
This all sits in a tubular twin downtube in Reynolds 531. bronze
welded by Barber Frames. Retardation is through Meccanica Verghera
250mm four leading-shoe drum at the front and 220mm twin
leading-shoe to the rear. Factory figures quote a top speed of
160mph with 56bhp at a maximum rpm of 10. 00.
Inspection is highly recommended as no amount of words will do the
bikes produced at these workshops justice.

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