Lot 302 - 1957 Aermacchi 175 Ala Rossa
|Odometer reading||8,526 miles|
|Estimate||£3,750 - £5,750|
In 1957 Aermacchi produced their first sporting motorcycles; the company directors finally realized that the love of every Italian was a bike that looked fast and not luxurious. There were four new models that year: the Ala Bianca (White Wing), Ala Azzurra (Light Blue Wing). Ala Rossa (Red Wing), and the Ala Verda (Green Wing). The Ala Bianca and Ala Azzurra were 'Turismo' models with 175cc and 250cc overhead valve engines. The 175cc Ala Rossa and 250cc Ala Verda were intended to be 'sports' models, meaning that they had low bars and a higher performance engine. The compression ratio was 8.5:1, which provided speeds of 78 and 84mph. These models weighed 248lb. and were ruggedly built; both features made them popular in cost-conscious Italy. During these years the company directors had come to realize that the Italians preferred a sporting image to the marque that they rode. This was especially true if the company wished to develop an export business, since Aermacchi was still virtually unknown outside Italy. In response to this and in an effort to build a reputation that would form the basis for developing an export business, Aermacchi decided to produce some genuine sports motorcycles. The result was the Ala d' Ore (Golden Wing) model, which was produced from 1958 through 1961 in 'competition' trim.
The Aermacchi 175 Ala Rossa for sale here was recently imported from Italy as a restoration project; it was completely stripped down and then the frame, brakes and suspension were rebuilt. The engine, after being removed was sent to, and rebuilt by Moto Marianna, the renowned Italian motorcycle engine rebuilders based in Bracknell, Berkshire. The Ala Rossa has been reassembled to the highest of standards with new Berrani wheels fitted. This motorcycle is supplied with a certificate of authenticity.
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