Lot 382 - 1960 Aermacchi 246cc Ala Verde 'circa 1960'
|Estimate||£4,500 - £6,000|
Aermacchi started life in 1912 in a small town called Varese, near the Swiss border, Like many other Italian motorcycle manufacturers, they began as an aircraft manufacturer and, with a lakeside setting, they soon became quite famous for their fast seaplanes. It wasn't until after the second world war that Aermacchi started motorcycle production. In 1960, Harley Davidson purchased a share in the Italian company and, in 1961, the Harley badged Aermacchi, the 175 and 250, were produced and formed part of their Sport Range.
Bill Swallow campaigned 250 Aermacchis in the Manx GP scoring several wins in both the 250 and 350 class with an incredible 99.9mph lap. This 250 was converted to a race bike in the early 1960's and based on the Ala Verde model (green wing). The 246cc engine was an overhead valve unit and was air cooled. It also benefitted from an ally head, a cast iron barrel and a compression ratio of 9:1. This was mated to a four-speed gearbox, wet clutch with alloy drum brakes front and rear. Forming part of a private collection for the past 20 years, the bike will need some re-commissioning if it is to be used in competition but remains an opportunity to purchase a piece of racing history.
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