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Bonhams 1793 Ltd – Motorcycle dept
101 New Bond Street, London
Tel:  020 8963 2817
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1956 RUMI 125CC FORMICHINO (LOT 669) SOLD by Auction

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  • £5,000 Auction Estimate
  • 1956
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Price £5,000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Motorcycles
Make Rumi
Year 1956
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Telephone 020 8963 2817
Status Trade
Date 28-Jul-2020
Ref C1250797
This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Summer Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.

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

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.

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)

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.

Hangar 113
Bicester Heritage
Buckingham Road
OX26 5HA

FRAME NO. 22351
ENGINE NO. 22191
Rumi was founded in Bergamo, Italy at the beginning of the 20th Century. The company originally supplied components to the textile industry and during World War 2 produced miniature submarines and torpedoes. Headed by Donnino Rumi, it switched to motorcycle manufacture at the war's end, introducing its first Turismo model in 1950. This little gem was powered by what would become Rumi's trademark engine, a 125cc parallel twin two-stroke, the cylinders of which were inclined horizontally. It is for its motor scooters that Rumi is best remembered today, particularly the Formichino (Little Ant) and its derivatives, which were among the fastest scooters of their day. A masterpiece of scooter design, the Formichino arrived in 1954. Its rivals might have been designed with cheapness and simplicity in mind, but Donnino Rumi started from engineering first principles with the Formichino, using the engine as a stressed member of the chassis, which was made up from aluminium castings bolted together. Out of production since the company's closure in 1962, the Formichino is today one of the most highly sought-after of all scooters. Displaying zero kilometres on the odometer, this beautiful Formichino has not been used since its restoration by a specialist. There is no registration document with this Lot, which is offered with a photocopied instruction manual.

£5,000 - 8,000
€5,600 - 8,900
To be sold without reserve

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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