Gilera enjoyed an amazing racing career throughout the early 1950s, taking six individual World Championships and five manufacturers’ titles. The publicity was imperative as they made Race on Sunday, sell on Monday the company mantra. The vast majority in sales were lightweight, small displacement machines based on the overhead-valve 125cc single cylinder bike that had first appeared in prototype form in 1948. As it developed, capacity increased, first to 150cc and then 175cc, and sales within Italy went a long way to keeping the dealership doors open.
The 175cc version was introduced in 1956 with more models added to the range in late ’56 and into 1957, with the Sport featuring a Gran Turismo engine and the Extra.
The matching numbers ’58 Extra on offer, is older restored example from a discerning collector of fine Italian machinery, now “thinning the herd”. The stylish little bike was recently mechanically overhauled from rims to exhaust, battery, carb clean, spark system and all cycle parts. The result: a great running bike, oozing with La Dolce Vita, and would certainly be an enviable addition to any collection.
Sold on a clean, clear California title.