from the Hemmings Blog:
Some of these names you may not recognize, but they have a few things in common. All are European-built, with road racing in one of the under-350cc Grand Prix classes in mind, and share the small fairing and racing board (seat) prevalent in Sixties and Seventies road course competition.
* 1957 Bianchi 175 used a single-cylinder 8hp overhead-cam engine.
* 1972 Benelli/Motobi model 2C. The Motobi company was started by one of the Benelli sons in 1950 and re-acquired by Benelli in 1962. Motobi bikes were continued with the Benelli tank badges until the early Seventies. Some Motobis were imported into the United States and rebadged as Montgomery Ward Riversides.
* 1977 Aspes 125. This bike featured a two-stroke Minarelli engine made in Italy. Aspes also made a model they called the “Bimbo.”
* 1969 Malanca. Another bike that featured a Minarelli two-stroke, although only 50cc.
* 1978 Villa. These motorcycles were constructed for racing from a 310cc Moto-Villa single-cylinder engine with a six-speed transmission mounted on a Benelli 2C frame similar to the Motobi.
One of the things I found interesting about these bikes is that the Bonhams appraisers estimate they will all sell in the $1,300 to $3,500 range. Genuine affordable fun.
These are seriously tasty at those projected prices! Would be a fun way to start a collection, or snag one for the 1 hour loop ride around the edge of town — we all have one of those right?