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09 Jan SOLD: 1954 MOTOBI 250CC SPRING LASTING GRAND SPORT
Motobi was established in Pesaro, Italy in 1949, by Giuseppe Benelli, initially trading under the name Moto ‘B’ Pesaro. This was shortened to Motobi in the 1950s. After a family disagreement in 1948, Giuseppe Benelli, one of the six brothers and an engineer of some talent, decided to go his own way. He stayed in Pesaro, but moved to separate premises. Giuseppe launched the Moto ‘B’ marque selling small two-stroke motorcycles and scooters. In 1953, Motobi introduced a 200cc horizontal two-stroke twin called the B200 Spring Lasting. Its innovative pressed steel frame and horizontal cylinder layout were to become the trademark for many future Motobi bikes.
As of 1954 Motobi added the “250cc Spring Lasting Grand Sport” to its line of production after getting worldwide positive feedback for its 200B model. The Grand Sport’s were all heavily factory tuned compared to the tourism models. This model took the first 5 positions in its class of the famous Milano-Taranto race in 1955 and the top bike finishing 7th overall. With matching engine and frame numbers this 1 out of 50 produced is truly desirable. Featuring 2 Dellórto 23 SSI carborators and racing food pegs driving this machine is like stepping into the history of motorbike racing. Fully restored by a well know Belgian MV Agusta connoisseur this motorbike is unique and very much sought after. Totally restored with original parts. Road certified. Feel free to contact our office to make an appointment to see this Motobi in the flesh.