1956 Maserati Motorcycles

125 GT Super

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1956
  • Motorcycle type 
    Street
  • Chassis number 
    5483
  • Engine number 
    5483
  • Lot number 
    214
  • Condition 
    Original condition
  • Colour  
    Red
  • Location

Description

Sold without registration
Frame No. 5483
Engine No. 5483

- Rare and sophisticated motorcycle
- Original engine
- Sporting styling

The relationship between bikes and the Maserati car brand with the same name is rather distant, but it did exist. Moreover, both display a trident as their emblem. In 1910, Alfieri Maserati founded a subsidiary whose activity was to manufacture and sell candles and other electrical accessories. It is this subsidiary, acquired in 1937 by the Orsi family with the car brand, which after the Second World War, decided to embark on motorcycle production of essentially small machines from 50 to 250cc after buying out Italmoto. These well-built machines were popular with riders of that period, and there were 125 GT Supers that took part in races such as the Milan-Tarente and the Italian Moto Giro in 1957. Having met with limited commercial success, however, they were sacrificed to focus on survival of the automobile marque at the end of the 1950s.

The Tipo Gran Turismo Super is a small, sophisticated and powerful bike, that cost 175,000 lira in period. Maserati claimed that the two-stroke 123 cc engine could power the bike to 95 km/h. The pretty machine on offer is one of the last models with the gearbox within the engine block. It is in remarkably original condition and has never been road registered, as it has been on display in a Maserati dealership for many years!
Presented in a lovely black and red livery, it could continue its life as a marque collector's exhibition piece, or be registered as a collector vehicle before going on the road again.