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1963 Benelli 175 for Sale

1963 Benelli 175 L Dash

Another small-bore sporting machine from the same seller that brought us the Moto Morini Corsarino, same lack of real detail, same nice photos. These lightweight, economical bikes were designed to fill a similar niche as the competing machines from Moto Guzzi, Ducati, and Laverda: the very real need for inexpensive, reliable transportation for an economy rebounding from the Second World War. They were designed to bring a bit more style and athleticism to the table than a scooter, but fulfill primarily the same purpose.

1963 Benelli 175 R Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1963 Benelli 175 for sale

We do not have any history on this beautifully restored Benelli, except that it won “Best of Show” at the 2013 Dallas Mods & Rockers Motorcycle Show.
We are certain that the Benelli cognoscenti could shed more light on the history of this bike than we can.
The frame number is H8210 and the engine number is HS14392. There are detailed pictures of both the frame and engine numbers in the gallery of pictures.
This Benelli runs perfectly and needs nothing. It is certainly MotoGiro capable. Please look at the detailed pictures carefully as they really tell the story.

1963 Benelli 175 L Engine

Luckily, the listing also includes a response from the bike’s builder, and it seems maybe there’s a bit more to this machine than meets the eye…

This is Jason Small. I’m the one who built this bike. This is a 1967 riverside 250 that I built to look like the 175 Benelli. I replaced nearly everything with new nos parts minus the seat and mufflers which are Ducati Elite parts. I replaced the generator which came with new points and condenser, power regulator, the headlight was a brand new nos headlight with new electrics in it, fork seals, tires, stainless fasteners on 90% of the build, nos speedo, all new cables, chain, new shocks ect. Anything that I needed to replace was replaced with new parts and not used. Good luck with the sale. The owner is a good man and is solely responsible for my passion of small Italian motorcycles. If you have any questions on the bike please feel free to ask.

1963 Benelli 175 Dash

So what we have here is really a bit of a hot-rod, with mix and match parts to create a bike that fits the builder’s singular vision. This is a seriously classy little machine with just 24 hours left on it. Bidding is just north of $2,000 right now, with the reserve unsurprisingly not met yet. With its mixed bag of parts, this may be a bit of a mongrel, but sometimes mutts make the very best pets!


1963 Benelli 175 R Dash


My Dad always called the place Monkey Wards but I never saw a monkey there: 1969 Wards Riverside Benelli Cobra

1969 Wards Riverside for sale

When I was kid Montgomery Wards was at the mall and they sold TV’s, clothes, tools and other necessaries for the common Merican. I liked going there but only because trips up town with my Dad were funny. He never used the right words for anything. He replace the correct words with similar words and I giggled every time. Here’s something I never saw at Monkey Wards though. If I knew these were there I would have begged to go. In the late 60’s and early 70’s the Italians were making some of the sexiest motorcycles in history and rebranding them with any name the distributors wanted. Did you know you could buy a whole house from Sears? Yeah, and when you arrived at your newly purchased sears built house with all sears appliances a Sears branded Benelli could be sitting in the garage. You could just order it out of a catalog. Amazon? You paying attention?

This particular Wards bike is a very desirable bike among collectors and is priced very fairly with it’s BIN.

1969 Wards Riverside for sale on eBay


From the seller…

Selling a rare and mint condition 1969 Binelli Cobra 125cc,This bike condition from 1-10 is an easy 9.A beautiful Italian cafe bike that was produced in Italy but sold by Montgomery Wards hence the name Wards Riverside.

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