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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

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.


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.


1962 Moto Parilla 250 GS R Front



1957 Parilla Grand Sport

When researching a lot of the Classic European Sports Bikes that end up on the shores of The United States, one truth keeps showing up. That truth is that large US importers were the ones who directed the European manufactures on the bikes that they would develop and put into production. This High Cam Parilla Grand Sport is another such “request”.

Parilla was a small Italian company who’s founder,Giovanni Parrilla,  was inspired by the dominant Norton Manx and purchased one to study. A short time later he went racing with his own design. Through the late ’40 and early ’50s Parrilla’s design evolved into High Cam engine. First introduced in 1953 the High Cam started out with about 22hp and would be continually developed until Parilla closed their doors in 1963.

From the Seller

1957 Parilla 175 Grand Sport. This was the ultimate race bike of its’ day. 175cc High Cam Engine with Gear Driven Cams, High Revving and High Compression. This extremely rare motorcycle is completely restored as a race bike. It has no miles on it since its’ complete restoration. It has all of its’ original parts and has matching numbers on the engine and frame, making it very rare. It also has a title from California and could be easily retitled in any state. The price is $12,500.

Cosmo appears to have been the number one importer for Parilla and appears to have also supported many racers. They had requested a larger displacement bike, and in turn Parilla add 25cc to the first Grand Sports and increased output to 26hp and a top speed of 100mph.  This example also has the high cam driven by gears, and improvement over the original chain. Cosmo  offered an Alloy barrels that would allow you to punch the engine out to 250cc.

When ever I dream about owning a Classic Bike that seems to be rarer then you standard Classic I always wonder what kind of parts hell I could be entering. Doing a quick search on eBay, I found this engine case and crank with a starting bid at $900+. Compared to the $200 you can find Triumph cases for or $600  for a /2 BMW, I can see that that owning this bike would be enjoyable, but expensive.