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Vintage Racer:1960 Moto Parilla 250 for Sale

1960 Moto Parilla 250 L Front

From one of our readers comes this very nice racebike, a 1960 Parilla 250 that’s also posted up on Orange County’s Craigslist. There isn’t much information in the listing, but there are some good photos that should give a good idea of what you’re in for.

I’m not a Parilla expert, but this looks like this one’s powered by their “high-cam” 250 that made approximately 26hp and was built for the US. Most countries settled for 175 or 200cc models, but here in the land of “bigger-is-better”, we got an extra large 250cc helping, which came with a side of fries and a large soda.

1960 Moto Parilla 250 R Front

Although it looks like an overhead-cam engine at a glance, it’s not: the chain-driven cam operates the valves via short pushrods you can see on the left side of the engine, where they’re protected by corrugated rubber boots. This configuration allowed the little pushrod motor to rev pretty high and made maintenance easier, since the head could be removed without disturbing the ignition timing.

1960 Moto Parilla 250 L High

Giovanni Parrilla [yes, there is a second “r” in his name] reportedly started the company on a bet, sitting around with his pals complaining about the current state of the Italian racing machinery, “Oh, so you think you could do better?” And he did. After studying the Norton Manx, he built his own single in 1946 and was very successful in racing until Japanese two-strokes dominated the class in the 1960’s, although the company sold bikes in the US as late as 1967.

1960 Moto Parilla 250 L Side

These are pretty rare in the US, and are very collectible. This one appears to be in excellent shape and it looks like a runner, but a bit of history would be helpful. Parts can be scarce for these, but the community surrounding Parilla is close-knit and should be able to help.

-tad

1960 Moto Parilla 250 R Rear

 

1962 Moto Parilla 250 Grand Sport for Sale

1962 Moto Parilla 250 GS L Side

This is the first Moto Parilla I’ve seen come up for sale. Considering how often I see the name bounced around the classic bike community, I was surprised at how few of them were actually made. Giovanni Parrilla [note the second “r” in his name compared to the bike] first displayed his single cylinder creation in 1946, and his small displacement machines found success on both road and track until the rise of the Japanese two-strokes made Parilla’s jewel-like singles obsolete.

1962 Moto Parilla 250 GS Engine Detail

The Grand Sport featured here was powered by Parilla’s “high-cam” engine. Valves were actuated by short pushrods enclosed in rubber boots [see above photo] and a cam set high in the block, and this allowed relatively high revs for a pushrod engine. It also allowed the head to be removed without disturbing the ignition timing. Most countries were happy with the 175cc version but, as always, Americans clamored for more power, so the engine was enlarged to 250cc’s.

1962 Moto Parilla 250 GS R Bar

From the original eBay listing: 1962 Moto Parilla Grand Sport for Sale

From the vintage Italian motorcyle museum of Mr. Guy Webster. This bike is in beautiful museum display condition. It has not been started in years but the motor was rebuilt about 15 years ago when the bike was restored. Despite being restored much of the bike is original unrestored as the bike was already in excellent condition. The motor turns freely and with good compression. 

This bike was one of the key exhibits in the “Art of the Motorcycle” Guggenheim exhibit as can be documented in the photo of the display card. This display document will also go with the bike upon it sale. 

1962 Moto Parilla 250 GS Rear Suspension

That the bike has been beautifully restored, was owned by Guy Webster, and was the exact bike shown the famous Art of the Motorcycle exhibit all count in the “plus” column, although the fact that it is really in display-only condition for me personally counts in the “minus” column. But given this bike’s distinctive looks and history, this would make an excellent addition to the collection of anyone fascinated by small-displacement sports machines.

-tad

1962 Moto Parilla 250 GS R Front