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Lot 139: Benelli 231cc 2C

Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 June 2012)

Founded by the six Benelli brothers in Pesaro, Italy in 1911, Benelli started out as a general engineering firm, turning to the manufacture of automotive and aircraft components in WWI. Benelli launched a plethora of new models in the 1970s, 125cc and 250cc twins among them. Constructed and styled along similar lines, the duo shared identical crankcase/gearbox castings. The engines were conventional piston-ported, air-cooled two-strokes and were housed in compact duplex-loop frames. Later models came with alloy cylinders, electronic ignition, an improved front fork, alloy wheels and a Brembo front disc brake in place of the original Grimeca drum. Its Italian owner advises us that this late-type 2C has been used for amateur hill climb events in its home country, though it would need additional silencing to pass any UK circuit noise test. There are no documents with this Lot.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford, UK
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number139
Estimate£1600-£2000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1976
Condition rating
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberAB 9446
Engine numberAB 14476
Engine capacity (cc)2313
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors