1978 Benelli 500 Quattro Race Replica for Sale
As with so many classic makers of wonderful, evocative machines, Benelli has almost been forgotten. Which is especially ironic, since they’re still technically making bikes. Weird, butch triples with acid-trip styling and impossible to obtain parts, sure. But they’re still making them.
Classic Benellis were less gratuitously odd, but still very desirable machines, and it’s a shame they’ve been largely forgotten: Benelli is one of the oldest Italian motorcycle manufacturers, starting in Pesaro in 1911 the company was started by the widowed mother of six sons, who was hoping to insure stable employment for her family. Initially Benelli was just a repair shop, but they introduced their first new motorcycle in 1919 and, with Tonino Benelli riding, the firm won a number of championships in the late 1920’s.
Racing was put on the back burner in the immediate postwar period, and the production of small-displacement, inexpensive motorcycles took precedence to get the Italian nation back on its feet.
Benelli had a great deal of success in small displacement racing with championships in the European, GP, and Tourist Trophy series in the 250 and, to a lesser extent 350 classes. Early machines were single-cylinder, but in 1960 a 250 four with a six-speed box was created to remain competitive with Japanese machines, although it didn’t race until 1962. Eventually, 7 and 8 [?!] speed gearboxes were introduced to increase speed, but the bikes didn’t have much real success until 1968.
The bike being offered is based on the 4-cylinder street Benelli that displaced 500cc and was rumored to be heavily based on the Honda CB motor.
From the original eBay listing: 1978 Benelli 500 Quattro for Sale
1978 Benelli 500cc, 4 cyl., motorcycle. Fully restored to resemble a 1960’s road race GP bike. Many many unique parts are on this bike. The engine has 29mm CR carbs, pipes are hand formed along with the alloy tank and sidecovers by Evan Wilcox….metal former geniusCerianni RR foks, Grimeca 4LS brake, . Converted to kick start only, not electric. rearsets, clipons, leather saddle….all the right parts. rides great, powerful. Lucas Rita electronic ignition. No doubt, one of a kind.
Bike will be sold WITHOUT sidepanels and front fender. They are personalized and autographed FOR me….again. No front fender OR sidecovers are included. You will need to fabricate your own!
Mileage? limited since restoration. low miles, but I’m unsure how many. Now has speedometer in addition to the scitsu tach. Questions:? just ask. Inspections welcome in central NJ. no test rides….sorry…..
The seller is looking for at least $9,100.00 for this interesting beast, with no takers and 2 days left on the auction. That seems a bit high for a well-maintained but pretty heavily modified Benelli 500 Quattro, even if the modifications are extremely well done and in very good taste. It’s a very cool machine, so maybe the seller will consider offers?