Lot 274 - 1982 Benelli 900/6
|Estimate||£5,000 - £6,000|
The Benelli Sei is a term used for series of motorcycles that were produced by Italian manufacturer Benelli, and masterminded by automotive designer Alejandro de Tomaso, from 1973 to 1989. The Benelli 750 Sei was the first production motorcycle with a six cylinder engine and had two model releases, De Tomaso intended it to become Italy's premier sporting motorcycle and wanted it badged as a Moto Guzzi. On its launch, it received tremendous publicity overshadowing all other Italian bikes of that year, it started the trend of angular designed motorcycles moving away from traditional round forms.
In 1979, by which time Benellli had sold 3,200 vehicles Benelli developed the 750 Sei into a 900 cc motorcycle with six-into-two exhausts and a small bikini fairing used on the Moto Guzzi Le Mans. Less than 2,000 were ever made and were fast described at the time as "outrageous" or a "flashbike". Flashbikes tended to be "rare, expensive, European, quirky, handsome and high performance" a perfect description of the Benelli 900 especially when it was later released as a 'sport' model with a larger bikini fairing.
This particular Benelli was an ex Moto Guzzi show model in 1982, one of four painted in the Italian flag colours for the 1982 show giving it a unique history and look. This example described as in very good usable condition and certainly looks the part. Fancy a 'flashbike'? Then this is for you!
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