1952 Gilera Saturno

500 Corsa "Piuma". Matching nrs. Concours condition.

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1952
  • Motorcycle type 
    Race
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Colour  
    Red
  • Number of seats 
    1
  • Competition Bike 
    Yes
  • Location
  • Performance 
    50 PS / 37 kW / 50 BHP
  • Engine size (cc) 
    500

Description

Most renowned for its world-beating four-cylinder racer, the Gilera company of Arcore in Northern Italy also created the 500cc single cylinder Saturno. Produced as a suitable machine for privateers, the limited-edition racing version of the Saturno was also chosen as a mount for factory riders at particular events, especially on tight circuits where top speed was not at a premium. Designed by Giuseppe Salmaggi and named after a Roman god, the Saturno was first launched in 1940, but Italy's entry to WWII caused production to be suspended until 1946 when updated road and competition versions appeared. It subsequent years engine and chassis development refined the Saturno, and the final Corsa racer produced from 1952 to 1957 was nicknamed the Piuma (feather), because of its light weight and easy handling.

This beautiful matching nrs. example is restored to concours condition. It was one of the 110 Piuma Corsa motorcycles built by the Gilera competition department between 1951 and 1961, and is considered as the best single-cilinder racing motorcycle until the Norton Manx arrived. It is correctly finished into detail, and a great contender in any historic motorcycle race. Eligible for Goodwood Revival as wel.

A Gilera Piuma is a very rare motorcycle and the few good examples still in existence are often hidden in private collections. This is your chance to get one of these iconic Italian thoroughbreds. An opportunity for the discerned motorcycle collector not to be missed.