Lot 317 - 1956 Moto-Guzzi Airone
|Estimate||£6,000 - £8,000|
Affectionately known as a 'Bacon Slicer ' due to the exposed open flywheel, this is the little brother of the 500cc Falcon, which Guzzi produced on the banks of Lake Como in Italy from 1939 to 1957 mainly for the Second World War effort.
In the early 1950's the lightweight 250 Airone (Heron) sport was one of the most expensive motorbikes on the market costing slightly more than a Triumph Speed Twin and over 50% more than a BSA 250 of its day. Early versions utilised a cast iron cylinder and head that were replaced for the 1948 model season with aluminum items. The sprung frame featured a number of steel pressings in its construction with girder forks gracing the front end, although these were replaced for the 1947 season by telescopic units, but retaining the classic friction dampening to the rear suspension. Production continued until 1957, by which time more modern designs had overtaken them in the market place, compelling Moto Guzzi to replace the Airone with the Lodola.
This is a lovely original example and one which is becoming increasingly rare. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a current MoT test certificate, this 250cc motorcycle can be enjoyed as it is or as an ongoing restoration project. An excellent investment opportunity.
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.