Founded in 1909 by Giuseppe Gilera, the company acquired the rights to the Rondine 4-cylinder in 1935 and took on the mighty BMWs, first in normally aspirated and then supercharged form and took the world speed record from them.
But it was the lightweight road bikes that paid for the racing habit. 1948 saw the introduction of the overhead-valve 125cc that was part of the great push to get Italy moving again. It was pushed to 150 and 175cc and remained sturdy and reliable, and so became a hugely popular machine, in both Turismo and Sport versions.
The 1955 150 Sport on offer here enjoyed a place in a substantial Southern California collection of diverse European machinery. Nicely presented, the bike has been recently mechanically overhauled from rims to exhaust, battery, carb clean, spark system and all cycle parts. The result is a great running bike, sturdy and fun.
Sold on a clean, clear California title.