Living Room Art Piece: 1954 Moto Parilla 150 Sport

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This 1954 Moto Parilla 150 Sport is an interesting little two-stroke single that was purchased by the seller as a display piece for their home. It hasn’t been run during their three year ownership term, but is said to have good compression, a working kick starter, brakes, and clutch–the gearbox shifts as well. It’s been at least partially restored, and apart from a few very small flaws, condition looks excellent. Find it here on Craigslist in Los Angeles, California for $5k. Special thanks to BaT reader Grant P. for this submission.

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Says the seller: “I bought this at a motorcycle auction in Vegas in January of 2013 as an art piece for my apartment. It’s just the most beautiful thing and I had to have it. Condition is remarkable. I’ve never started it because its purpose was always to be a display piece and it does that perfectly. I also didn’t want to turn this into a project.”

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It’s definitely a pretty little bike, and construction quality looks to have been pretty nice as well–closeups show nicely finished casings and fittings throughout. Parilla built a few different versions of the bike, including a base Turismo Speciale, luxury touring Bracco, and Sport models like this example. The seller says they’ve of Sports being capable of “the ton” at a stratospheric (for the day) 10,000 RPM, though the above link quotes 100 km/h or about 62 MPH–it’s easy to see how figures could have been mixed up.

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Check out how narrow this thing is–put up against a living room wall it’d barely intrude.

1954 Moto Parilla 150 Sport - Vintage Classic Moto Giro Eligable

Of course it’d be ideal to see it returned to running condition, which the seller speculates will take very little work, adding that a recently broken wrist is the only thing that’s stopped them from doing so themselves. A small oil leak is noted due to an incorrect drain plug, but otherwise mechanicals sound to be very promising.

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