1967 Gilera 106

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Gilera has a long tradition of racing with six 500 GP champions from 1950 until 1959. I don’t know if you can name a motorcycle today which has won as much in a ten year period. But this 1967 Gilera 106, manufactured only 10 years from their last Grand Prix Championship could be ordered through the mail. Sears was a distributor for the Gilera 106, and within the pages of their catalogue, would be the form where you could check “Sears 106 motorcycle” and a Championship breed motorcycle would come to your door.

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From the seller

THIS IS A VERY NICE 1967 GILERA 106 I HAVE HAD IN STORAGE FOR AUCTION THAT RUN VERY WELL, RECENT TUNE UP BY LOCAL VINTAGE SHOP HERE IN BRIGHTON,MICH. THESE LIGHTWEIGHT BIKES ARE VERY RELIABLE AND ARE SHOW STOPPERS WHERE EVER YOU GO – AS ALL MY BIKES VINTAGE TRACK DAYS AT MID-OHIO ARE THE INTENTIONS FOR MY POSSESSION OF THIS GILERA 106.THESE WERE GILERA BUILT AND DISTRIBUTED IN THE 1960S BY SEARS AS WERE THE VESPAS AND BENELLI. THE BIKE HAS NEW TIRES[NEVER RIDDEN] NEW SET COVER, LEVERS,CLEARCOAT ON TANK – NOT A SHOW BIKE WAS INTENDED FOR TRACK USE – NOT GOING TO HAPPEN THIS YEAR FOR MYSELF. THERE IS A BRAKE LIGHT AND A LIC. BRACKET – THIS IS STREET LEGAL.DISPLAY,RIDE OR CONTINUE TO RESTORE.PAYMENT DEPOSIT PAYPAL – BALANCE DUE CHECK, CASH OR PAYPAL. SHIPPING UP TO BUYER,WILL ASSIST IN LOADING. VERY NICE BIKE. THANKS FOR LOOKING.   MS

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Sears had first offered their catalogue in 1893, allowing people to order almost anything through the mail. By 1948 Sears offered Cushman scooters through the mail. In 1951 you could order a Henry J 6 cylinder deluxe car. Sears re-branded these motor vehicles under their own Allstate brand. Between 1966 and 1969 Sears used their own name and the Sears 106 was offered. Without knowing it, Sears Customers were getting a Race proven, Championship DNA racing bike through the catalogue.

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This 1967 Gilera 106 is dressed up to go to the track, and the seller states that it has done just that. There is very little performance information found on the world wide web for the 106, but I did see someone claiming a top speed of 60mph. When it comes down to it, racing is racing, and throwing your leg over this small Italian mail order bike, you may not go fast, but will have some fast fun. BB

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2 Responses

  1. Jess says:

    I don’t know if you can name a motorcycle today which has won as much in a ten year period. How about MV Agusta?

  2. Well, attaching a Sears Allstate to the GP championship Gileras (developed from the CNA-Rondine with roots back to 1924), is a bit like Ferrari selling keyfobs using pictures of its F1 racers. Sears had no juice with racing…but they did sell quite a few motorcycles, as did rival Montgomery-Ward, who sold Benelli singles.

    I’m not going neg here, but this machine wouldn’t pull the skin off a pudding, and I’m amused to see someone has done just what we did in the 80s; taking a horribly styled 60s bike and stripping off the junky fenders etc, and adding Ace ‘bars. Voilá, instant café racer!

    MV won every 500cc GP championship from ’58 to ’74, after Gilera, NSU, BMW, and Moto Guzzi quit the GP series, and they used their Gilera-based 4-cyl engines to beat the Nortons which were left as opponents…