Sold for £862
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: TLW991
Frame No: 34296
Engine No: 112345S
The Itom factory was founded in Turin by Italian lawyer Corrado Corradi in 1948. Starting off producing bicycles with auxiliary engines they soon progressed on to making complete bikes with their own tubular steel frames and two-speed gearboxes. Satisfying the Italian fascination with small bikes and the demand for more performance they soon offered tuning kits to uprate the standard bikes. These formed the basis of many specials that kickstarted the careers of a few world champions in the sixties such as Mike Hailwood, Bill Ivy, Dave Simmonds and Beryl Swain, the first lady to compete on a solo at the TT.
This example was bought by the vendor's father in 1959 and used by him up to the early sixties, the last tax disc being issued in 1963. The vendor reports that the engine will run when bump started, but the kick start spring is faulty, and the gears select. The wheels were rebuilt using new spokes and rims in 2012 by Central Wheels who fitted new tyres at the same time. There cannot be many that have survived in this original condition and this bike will make a very interesting restoration project.
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