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Little Jewel: 1956 Parilla 175 Turismo Veloce for Sale

1957 Parilla 175 Tourismo R Front

Today’s machine is a very pretty little four-stroke single Parilla 175 Tourismo Veloce. Founded by Giovanni Parrilla With Two R’s in 1946 and built in his Milan workshop that specialized in diesel and injector pump repair, Parilla was a dominant force in small-displacement racing and built well-regarded road bikes until the onslaught of fast, cheap two-stroke motorcycles from Japan hit the market.

1957 Parilla 175 Tourismo L Engine

Many Parillas featured the distinctive “high-cam” engine that used short pushrods to actuate the valves actuated by a chain-driven cam just beneath the head. This kept the valvegear light for performance at higher revs and meant that the head could be removed easily without disturbing the timing. You can easily see the little rubber boots that cover the pushrods on the left-hand side of the engine. 175cc’s was as big as Parillas generally got, although the USA did naturally see a bigger 250cc version.

1957 Parilla 175 Tourismo R Tank

This example has shiny new paint and slightly more patina-d brightwork and metal, although it is overall a very elegant machine. Virtually impossible to find here in the US, this will be a labor of love, as you’ll likely spend a lot of time using GoogleTranslate to order parts from Italy…

1957 Parilla 175 Tourismo Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1956 Parilla 175 Turismo Veloce for Sale

Here for sale a very rare Parilla 175 TV Export high cams

The bike was been restored 5 years ago from the owner’s nephew. 

The bike is in very good conditions, and run very smooth.

Italian papers ready for export

1957 Parilla 175 Tourismo R Engine

Bidding is up to $7,900 at the time of writing and please note that the bike is in Italy. If you plan to run this bike on the road or in Moto Giro events, be sure to check with your local laws before your itchy mouse-finger clicks on that bright, blue “Place bid” button…


1957 Parilla 175 Tourismo L Front

1956 Ariel Square Four for Sale

1956 Ariel Square Four R Front

Motorcyclists are often lone wolves, men and women of few words, rugged, independent folk for whom actions speak louder than words. Like the seller of this tasty classic Ariel Square Four.

From the original eBay listing: 1956 Ariel Square Four for Sale

1956 Ariel square 4 runs great, starts first kick. Everything on the bike works well. It does need front fork seals they are leaking a bit.

It comes with a clear Texas title. Please ask questions

That’s it, the whole listing. Luckily, the photographs are bright and clear and show a bike in very nice condition. I’d love to know a bit about this bike’s history, updates and maintenance that have been done. I guess the seller figures prospective buyers already know all about these. In case you don’t I’ll fill you in a bit.

Produced between 1931 and 1959, Ariel’s Square Four began as a 500cc machine and ultimately grew to the 997cc machine you see here. Weighing in at a relatively light 425 pounds and producing 45bhp it can easily keep up with modern traffic, although limited cornering clearance and period brakes mean you should plan your maneuvers well in advance. While it isn’t necessarily much faster than some of the bigger twins and singles of the period, the four was obviously smoother with a wider spread of power.

1956 Ariel Square Four R Rear

Keep in mind that four cylinder motors were considered very exotic until Honda and Kawasaki flooded the market with them in the early 1970’s. Twins and singles ruled the motorcycle world for the most part, and the square four was a way to introduce the smoothness and power of a four into existing frames originally designed to hold singles.

Like the square four two-stroke race replicas of the 1980’s, the Ariel is quite simply two parallel twins with their cranks geared together sharing a single head. Early bikes tended to overheat the rear cylinders, as you might expect, since they were blocked from receiving any cooling airflow. Later revisions to the bike addressed this, although it was always a weakness of the design.

1956 Ariel Square Four L Front

The later examples were known as “four pipe” bikes for obvious reasons: note the four separate exhaust pipes coming out of the head. In addition, the Mark II redesign featured extensive use of aluminum for the block and head, saving 30lbs over the earlier models.

The buy it now price is set at $21,000 which pretty big money. Ebay indicates several offers have been made, but I’d expect they were pretty far off the asking price, which seems a bit steep, even for a bike this nice.


1956 Ariel Square Four L Rear

1956 Moto Guzzi Airone Sport for Sale

1956 Moto Guzzi Airone Sport R Side

There’s been a spate of very cool vintage Guzzis up on eBay recently. Most of these bikes were built as stylish, but dependable commuters, which makes them great as vintage rides, since they’re far less temperamental than might be expected from a classic Italian sportbike. They’re not highly-strung racing machines, although they are sporty and reward the rider with easily accessible performance.

1956 Moto Guzzi Airone Sport L Side Front

Moto Guzzi’s Airone [“Heron”] was first introduced in 1939, but the Second World War interrupted production as Guzzi turned its attention to wartime manufacturing. Production of the Airone resumed after the war ended and the bike, with various improvements, was built until 1957!

In all forms, the 250cc engine was durable, refined, and smooth. Guzzi’s signature external “meat-slicer” flywheel allowed for proper rotational mass to provide that signature effortless torque and smoothness at all revs, but kept engine cases compact.

1956 Moto Guzzi Airone Sport L Side Engine

The Sport version for sale here was first available in 1949 and had what, at first, might appear to be only minor improvements in performance: 13hp versus 9.5hp and a 59mph top speed versus 73mph. But the Sport offers almost 35% increase in horsepower and a nearly 24% increase in top speed over the standard model!

1956 Moto Guzzi Airone Sport Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1956 Moto Guzzi Airone for Sale

This is a very nice example of a Guzzi  Airone Sport 250. The “Sport” version has considerably better performance than the more common “Turismo” model. It comes with aluminum rims, a lower handlebar, a forward facing foot brake and has the foot-pegs further back.  The higher compression engine gives this cool bike fairly brisk performance.
250cc. Overhead valve 4 stroke. 4 speed. Good running and riding condition.
Older restoration still in very presentable condition with a few minor cosmetic flaws. New battery but runs on a magneto.
The fairly rare optional speedometer was added at a later date and reads 5513 kms  but this is not the original mileage.
Clear California title in my name. Also comes with the original June 1956 Italian title showing ownership history for historical purposes.
You are welcome to visit in Tarzana (San Fernando Valley part of Los Angeles).

1956 Moto Guzzi Airone Sport R Side Engine

The Airone epitomizes Guzzis of this era, with a reputation for economy, reliability, and style with deceptive performance: the limits may not be especially high, but you can use all of the performance all of the time. This example is from near the very end of the Airone’s long production cycle and features a classic style with the expected refinement of a bike in production for nearly 20 years.


1956 Moto Guzzi Airone Sport L Side


1956 Moto Guzzi Zigolo for Sale

1956 Moto Guzzi Zigolo R Side

Moto Guzzi traditionally named their small-displacement bikes after small birds, in this case the bunting, a colorful little thing that looks like this:


It was launched in 1953 and featured a 98cc completely square 50mm x 50mm bore and stroke put a mere 4bhp through a three speed box, but it made up for a lack of outright power by being highly flexible, reliable, and economical, injecting a bit of style and class into the budget-minded small-bore class.

1956 Moto Guzzi Zigolo Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1956 Moto Guzzi Zigolo for Sale

It is un restored, unmolested, and as far as I can tell 100% original.  It has been sponge cleaned.  Ride or display.  I have not started it.  The brakes work (albeit not as you would expect from a modern bike), the throttle grip turns, and it turns over.  The electrical wires are in place but disconnected in order to ship from Italy.  I have not started it.

Tires are holding air, are not significantly dry rotted.  I imagine the speedometer reading is wrong but it is titled and registered with that reading.  It has been stored and parked in the US inside and under cover, mostly in a living room.

It has some of the patina and dings of a 57 year old motorcycle, but in good non abused condition.  No seat tears (very minor, small tuft seen in photo, size of a 12 font O).  Inside tank seems fine.  It is a clean and rust free example with all the original bits, including an old satchel of tools.  I have the grab cable for passenger, not seen in photos.  This is the only part I am unclear if original from manufacturer.

1956 Moto Guzzi Zigolo Panel

The “Lusso” model like the one for sale was red, the standard model was a more subtle grey. Spares can be very difficult to find for these, and they’re certainly not capable of anything like modern, high-speed travel. But they’re charming and well-made, and would certainly be way more fun around town than a modern scooter…

1956 Moto Guzzi Zigolo Wheel

There’s very little time left on this auction, with very little interest so far, which seems a shame. Move quickly if you’ve got room in your garage for this little survivor and the skills to get it back on the road where it belongs.


1956 Moto Guzzi Zigolo Seat