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1964 BENELLI 250CC GRAND PRIX RACING MOTORCYCLE (LOT 680) SOLD by Auction

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  • £80,000 Auction Estimate
  • 1964
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Price £80,000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Motorcycles
Make Benelli
Model GRAND PRIX RACING MOTORCYCLE
Year 1964
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Telephone 020 8963 2817
Status Trade
Date 28-Jul-2020
Ref C1250833
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


THE EX-TARQUINIO PROVINI, 1964 SPANISH GRAND PRIX-WINNING
1964 BENELLI 250CC GRAND PRIX RACING MOTORCYCLE (LOT 680)
FRAME NO. T.X.1
ENGINE NO. NOT VISIBLE
• Ultra-rare works bike
• Purchased in component form from the Benelli family
• Restored in the Morbidelli Museum's workshop

When, in 1960, Benelli was forced to acknowledge that it needed a multi-cylinder machine to remain competitive in Grand Prix racing's 250cc class, the Italian firm was able to draw on past experience of this type if machine, having constructed a 'blown' quarter-litre four in 1939. Although it was first seen in 1960, the 250 Benelli four did not race competitively until April 1962, when Silvio Grassetti debuted the bike at Imola. Although eliminated by a bent valve in that first race, Grassetti stunned the racing world a week later at Cesenatico, beating the seemingly invincible works Hondas of Jim Redman and Tom Phillis. Development continued into 1965, an eight-speed gearbox being new for that season, but by now Honda were fielding a six-cylinder 250 ridden by the best rider in the world: Mike Hailwood. Spreading its limited resources even more thinly, Benelli pressed ahead with developing a 16-valve 350 and a 500.

With its No. 1 rider Tarquinio Provini forced into premature retirement through injury, Benelli signed Renzo Pasolini, who promptly rewarded his new employers' faith by winning the 250 and 350 Italian Championships in 1968. By 1969 the last of the Japanese manufacturers had pulled out of the World Championships, clearing the way for the Benelli fours to grab a slice of Grand Prix glory. Agostini and MV Agusta remained unassailable in the 350 and 500 classes at World Championship level, but in the 250 category Benelli eventually got the better of Kent Andersson's Yamaha and Santiago Herrero's Ossa, Kel Carruthers bringing the Championship back to Pesaro. There were sporadic appearances by the 350 and 500 fours over the next few years (four-cylinder 250s having been banned) but that glorious 1969 season effectively marked the end of Benelli's Grand Prix campaign.

The Benelli racer offered here was used by the great Tarquinio Provini to win the Spanish Grand Prix at Montjuic Park, Barcelona in 1964, the second round of that year's World Championship. He completed three more GPs that season, finishing 4th at Assen and 5th in both the Belgian and German rounds, ending up 5th overall in the Championship at the season's end.

The Provini machine's engine ended up being used in a road bike by Marco Benelli, from whom it was purchased by Giancarlo Morbidelli (the two men were friends). Other parts, including the frame, were bought from the Benelli family, and the machine was then restored in the Museum's workshop (Mr Morbidelli fabricated the exhaust system himself). The factory wanted the machine to be as fast as a cannonball, hence the drab iron-grey colour scheme. Accompanying documentation consists of a quantity of in-period and before/after restoration photographs.

£80,000 - 120,000
€89,000 - 130,000

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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