1958 Parilla 250 Grand Sport
Giovanni Parrilla decided that Italy needed and Italian designed over head cam engine to race in the country’s many racing events. He was a great fan of what Norton had done with their 500cc OHC engines and decided that this design would be great. By 1947 he had a very capable engine in a fully looped frame and was doing quit well in Italian races. By the 1960’s Parilla was the racing motorcycle to have in Italy, and because of Cosmo Motors in Pennsylvania, US riders could get a single like this 1958 Parilla 250 Grand Sport for themselves.
From the seller
1958 PARILLA 250 GS ,VIN 501560 ,TOTAL RESTORATION ,NO ISSUES ,EVERYTHING WORKS ,VERY RARE MOTORCYCLE ,ALL ORIGINAL ,SHOWN AT LOCAL CALIFORNIA MOTORCYCLE SHOWS WERE IT ONE FIRST PLACE EVERYTIME ,STORED INDOORS ,STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL WORK OF ART ! WE AT BUYERS EXPENSE CAN SHIP WORLDWIDE.
By 1952 there had been and engine re-design at Parilla and the expensive to make and maintain Over Head Cam had to be moved, but not that far. The High Cam engine in this Grand Sport tried to get the best of both worlds by moving the cam from the cylinder head to the engine case. For a small engine, the higher the engine can rev, the more power you will be able to produce. To make reliable power, the valve train has to be stout, and to keep the valve push rods short, the cam was kept high in the engine case creating a very solid valve train.
There was a lot of small displacement racing in the 1950’s and 1960’s and the Parilla Grand Sport was apparently a popular weapon. They were over the counter racers that had great potential. 26hp would get the rider near 100mph in stock form, and from the factory the engine was fed by the race proven Dell’orto SS1, and tires were mounted on light alloy rims. Remove the lights, and maybe order some performance parts over the counter, and the Grand Sport was a great weekend weapon.
As we have seen with a lot of these small Italian motorcycles, someone has stepped up and taken the time, effort and money to restore them to their original state. But many end up as static displays. I do agree that they are aesthetically appealing, and with their small size look great inside next to other art hanging on the walls. The seller claims to be museum ready and I hope that it is as ready for the road course as well. BB