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1948 GILERA 499CC SATURNO SPORT (LOT 395) SOLD by Auction

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  • £12,000 Auction Estimate
  • 1948
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Price £12,000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Motorcycles
Make Gilera
Model SATURNO SPORT
Year 1948
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Telephone 020 8963 2817
Status Trade
Date 21-Jul-2020
Ref C1248059
395 (24957877/1)
This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Summer Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.

SALE TIMES
Friday 14 August Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 212) 10am
Saturday 15 August Motorcycles (Lot 301 - 462) 10am
Sunday 16 August Motorcycles (Morbidelli Collection) (Lot 501 - 704) 10am

VIEWING
In light of the current government guidelines and relaxed measures we are delighted to welcome viewing, strictly by appointment. All the lots will be on view at Bicester Heritage in our traditional Hangar 113. We will ensure social distancing measures are in place, with gloves and sanitiser available for clients wishing to view motorcycle history files.

Please contact Bonhams Motorcycles with your preferred date, time and vehicle registration number to book an appointment.

VIEWING TIMES
Wednesday 12 August 1pm to 5pm
Thursday 13 August 9am to 5pm
Friday 14 August 9am to 5pm
Saturday 15 August 9am to 5pm (Lots 501-704 only)

LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION
Please note that whilst public viewing is available by appointment, the auction itself will be conducted from a remote saleroom, behind closed doors without public access, in accordance with the current government guidelines. All bidding will be conducted via Online, Telephone and Absentee Bidding. Please contact our Bids Department to register.

AUCTION ADDRESS
Hangar 113
Bicester Heritage
Buckingham Road
Bicester
Oxfordshire
OX26 5HA


1948 GILERA 499CC SATURNO SPORT (LOT 395)
REGISTRATION NO. VXS 639
FRAME NO. 264318
ENGINE NO. 268613
• Iconic Italian model
• Restored in 2016
• Upgraded front brake

Gilera's best-known and most successful large-capacity roadster of the post-WW2 period was the Saturno. First seen in 1940 in competition guise, this 499cc, overhead-valve, four-stroke single did not enter production until 1946 when it appeared with the horizontally-sprung, friction-damped, swinging-arm rear suspension first seen on the pre-war blown 'four' racer. Major changes to the Turismo and Sport roadsters were mainly confined to the cycle parts, which were updated with a telescopic front fork and full-width alloy front brake for 1952, and conventional coil-spring dampers at the rear soon after. Production of the Saturno continued until 1959, its passing marking the end of the line for one of Italy's truly great classic motorcycles. The private vendor advises us that this Saturno Sport was restored in 2016. Works carried out include replacing or refurbishing all engine parts with the exception of the cylinder (which was in very good condition); stripping and powder coating the frame; renewing the front and rear suspension; totally rebuilding the wheels with new Spanish alloy rims and stainless spokes; and overhauling the dynamo and magneto. In addition, the machine was upgraded with a double-sided four-leading-shoe front brake and a Smiths electronic speedometer. Described by the vendor as in excellent condition, this beautiful Italian thoroughbred is offered with a dating certificate and a V5C document. The original front wheel (refurbished) and a silencer are included in the sale.

£12,000 - 16,000
€13,000 - 18,000

As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.


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