I’m a huge fan of the Benelli Sei, warts and all: there just had to be a more elegant way to communicate vital information than that instrument panel… [see: below] And, while I’d prefer the bigger 900cc version, they’re rare enough you have to pounce when you find a good deal. This might be just such an opportunity.
The Benelli 750 Sei is a rare beast, a relic of a time when the smallish Italian manufacturer, fresh off a purchase by controversial Argentinean Alejandro De Tomaso [see: Maserati], was looking to prove a point to the Japanese Big Four, that they could produce a world-class, technological tour de force to rival anything on the road. Obviously, a six cylinder makes for some packaging issues, and mechanical complexity that can lead to expensive service costs, so Benelli wasn’t after a layman’s bike, or something that was much good for back road scratching. They made a luxurious, smooth and fast “gentleman’s express.”
And the Sei excelled at that role, although it never sold well enough to threaten the Japanese, it was relatively well-received. Testers at the time praised the smooth motor and exotic exhaust note, but were critical of the limited ground clearance, limited fuel capacity, and expensive price. The 750cc version being sold here made 71hp and had a 5 speed transmission. With a dry weight of 485 lbs, the bike was capable of 126mph.
From the original eBay listing: 1976 Benelli 750 Sei for Sale
Legendary 6 cyclindar Benelli SEI. One of the most sought after collector bikes in the world.
- Very Good condition, runs great. Ready to ride anywhere.
- New Tires
- Cleaned and adjusted Carbs
- New Battery
- All original, no junk replacement parts on this bike.
- Not museum quality, but easily made that way.
I’d possibly challenge the statement that this is “one of the most sought after collector bikes”, but I do love that there are plenty of pictures posted and the bike looks very solid: for some reason, Benellis I find for sale seem to be photographed in a shed, at dusk, through a dirty window. With cracks in it.
There’s very little time left on the auction, and bidding is only at $5,000 with the reserve not met. This bike looks solid and ready to ride, with simple and apparently minor cosmetic issues that you can work on while the bike is parked up for the winter. I’m sure you won’t be sitting still much during the riding season…