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Little Classics News: 8 October 2013

Rare 1960 Bianchi GP Bike up for Auction

1960 Bianchi GP Bike1960 Bianchi GP Bike engineA very rare factory Grand Prix, from the golden era of two-wheeled motorsport, is going up for sale on the 16th October at the H&H Auction being held at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

The classic racing motorcycle was purchased in 1965 direct from the Bianchi factory by Max Raab as Remo Venturi's bike. Since then it has spent its life in Germany.

The present owner purchased the Bianchi two years ago. In their ownership the classic racing bike benefitted from an engine rebuild, which included new pistons, and valves and is now described as being in good running order.

Estimates for the bike are placed at between £130,000 and £150,000.

1960 Bianchi GP Bike1960 Bianchi GP MotorcycleThe Lino Tonti designed twin cylinder Bianchi was announced to the world on the last day in March, 1960, when selected journalists were told at a dinner held at the Bianchi factory of its existence. Claimed to produce 34 bhp at 11,500 rpm the new machine would spearhead an assault by Bianchi on the World Championship and provide the basis for subsequent 350 and 500 class machines.

Although ill-fated, due to reliability, the evolution of this bike took Venturi to victory ahead of the works MV's and Gilera's at Modena in March 1964. The bike would then go on to claim fame by securing the 1964 Italian Championship and achieve good results in the classics.

Bianchi, as a manufacturer, stopped producing motorcycle in 1967 when the company finally yielded to the downturn in motorcycle sales with the company rights being split and sold.

To find out more about the auction visit the H& Auction website: www.classic-auctions.com



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