To be auctioned on
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE
134 bhp, 898 cc three-cylinder engine.
Benelli started building bikes in 1911 in Pesaro, Italy when six brothers got together to produce sporting motorcycles, initially in 98 cc and 148 cc displacements. They were building OHC racers by 1927 and concentrated on smaller bikes, with Ted Mellors winning the Isle of Man lightweight TT in 1939 on a 250-cc model. The factory was destroyed during the war, but the company bounced back with more small bikes in the 1950s. Alessandro de Tomaso took over Benelli in the 1970s, which led to the famous 900-cc, six-cylinder Sei.
The 2004 Tornado Tre Novecento (900 triple) announced a return to big sporting machines after the scooters built in the 1990s. Designed by Englishman Adrian Morton, this bike has an over-square, water-cooled engine with under-seat radiator and extractor fans and a wonderful exhaust note. This splendi