27th Mar, 2024 13:00

National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands

  Lot 246

1951 Moto Guzzi Airone 250 Sport
Beautifully restored Sport model

Sold for £4,600

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: LXS 715
Frame No: 21626
Engine No: 2286
CC: 250
MOT: Exempt

  • Rare in the UK Moto Guzzi Airone 250 Sport
  • Typical Italian style and race breed technology
  • Supplied with a large paperwork file and a V5C

Moto Guzzi was established in 1921 by three friends from the Italian Air Corps and is Europe’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer in continuous production, based in the same factory in Mandello del Lario overlooking Lake Como ever since. One of the founding fathers was Carlo Guzzi who gave his name to the company and was also the chief designer, always innovative they were very successful in Grand Prix racing with products as diverse as the 350cc horizontal single that won five world championships in a row to the incredible 500c V8. The forward facing cylinder with an outside flywheel became Guzzis signature layout until the arrival of the big vee twins in the late 1960s. The Airone isn’t as well known in the UK as its bigger brother, the 500cc Falcone, but in Italy the 250cc single was by far the bigger seller and the model was in production from the late 1930s through to 1957.

An expensive bike in its day and rare in the UK, this beautifully presented Airone is the Sport model with a Sport cam, a higher compression piston and a Dellorto SS1 25mm carburettor. Bought by the vendor in 2013 as an unfinished project, the paint, chrome and preparatory mechanical work was already done with the cycle parts and frame repainted or re-chromed, wheels rebuilt and new or refurbished mechanical parts already sourced and purchased ready for the final engine rebuild. In 2018 the engine/gearbox was completely rebuilt using fully refurbished crankcases, a new crank, refurbished gearbox, a new clutch, plus all new bearings, bushes, gaskets and seals together with a full piston, barrel and head restoration. The bike has been fully rewired and with a reconditioned dynamo and magneto fitted. By late 2019 this Airone was finally ready for UK registration and issued with an age-related number. The machine was briefly run and tested after completion and went very well but due to ill health it has not been used since so will need a light recommissioning and then running in. The quality of the paintwork and the chrome/ alloy brightwork is very good and it comes supplied with a large paperwork file of technical information and receipts, some spares together with a current V5C.

For more information, please contact:
Ian Cunningham


Auction: National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands, 27th Mar, 2024

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