Lot 220 - 1960 125cc
|Estimate||£1,600 - £2,000|
|Result||Sold - £1,792|
Metalimeccania Italiana Valtrompia of Brescia was essentially a machine-tool manufacturer which also produced motorcycles for a number of years under the Mi-Val brand. At first, it built 125cc two strokes, then in 1954, it was granted the right to build the Messerschmitt three wheel microcar. In fact, the Italian version was considerably different to the German original.
In 1956, Mi-Val made history by displaying a new 125cc overhead-valve motorcycle with a five speed gearbox - a world's first in a production roadster. Mi-Val also introduced a number of competition models for most branches of motorcycle sport. For example, in the 1950's ISDT, the company entered a team that included sidecar racing champion Eric Oliver and the famous woman trials rider Olga Kevelos. In events such as the Milano-Taranto, Mi-Val fielded a special version of its 125cc two-stroke and a new 175cc four-stroke single. But it enjoyed most success in motocross during the late 1950's with a range of exotic, double-overhead-camshaft 250, 350 and 500cc singles with five or even six-speed gearboxes. This motorcycle was subject to a full restoration between three and four years ago and is now in good running condition and supplied with a blue V5C. An original show winner from the International Motorcycle show in Stafford, this 1960's example has an original workshop manual and original foot pump.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.