1956 Maserati Tipo 125 T2

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This 1956 Maserati Tipo 125 Turismo Lusso was imported to the US from Italy in 2008. The bike is represented as an original survivor that has never been restored, retaining its factory paint and fittings. This is a numbers-matching bike according to the frame-mounted data tag and stamped engine number. Its original condition is also recognized by Giovanni Salmi of Moto Maserati. The engine turns but has not been run since 2008. It has been used as a display piece in recent years and is offered by the selling dealer on a California bill of sale.

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Maserati built motorcycles from 1953 to 1960, and they established a reputation for style and performance with notable success in competition. This is chassis #A5676, which looks complete with original details in place. The seller notes that the wheel rims have been replaced, though the spokes are still believed to be original. The exhaust system has also been restored with a clean chrome finish.

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Interesting details include the above ACI registration medallion from 1963 and original Maserati grips and trim pieces.

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According to the chassis plate, this Tipo 125 TL left the factory with engine #A5533, which matches the stamping on the engine case pictured below.

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Although this Maserati has been on display-only for the past eight years, the engine is noted to turn freely. The bike will need some deferred maintenance addressed to be made roadworthy.

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When new, the 123cc engine produced 4.8 horsepower at 5000rpm, which was enough to propel this 176-pound dry-weight bike to a top speed of 40MPH. The carburetor is a Dellorto and the transmission is a 3-speed.

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This is an unrestored example of an interesting Maserati sport bike rarely seen today.

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.

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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.

Three Quarter Deuce w/ GoldWing Power: Custom 1932 Ford Roadster

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This 1932 Ford Roadster replica (VIN RC3237) is a 3/4 scale custom build comprised of a fiberglass body and track-style nose on a custom built frame and suspension, with a drivetrain donated from an early flat-four Honda GoldWing motorcycle. Dubbed the “Honster,” the car features impressive build quality and is said to have won its class at the Grand National Roadster Show in 2014. The seller calls it a “proof of concept” show car with only 10 miles since completion, but it definitely looks like a lot of fun. Find it here on eBay in Temecula, California with a $15k BIN.

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Photos appear to be from the same show where it was granted an award, and the surrounding cars and bikes help gauge the size of the  little Honster. The chassis and suspension are both said to be hand built, with the former finished in an orange powder coat, while the body, nose, windshield and headlights are said to be accurately scaled to 3/4 and wear pearl white with subtle ghost flames. A stainless steel rear bumper and roll bar are additional highlights.

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Interior access is limited by a single door on the right side of the car, and the seat measures 34 inches wide. Equipped with only one seat belt, it will seat two, albeit uncomfortably. Interior craftsmanship isn’t a match for the rest of the car, however it’s not bad either, and the continuation of the orange trim is a nice touch, even if we’d prefer a more subtle scheme. The trunk opens, and features similar side panels and carpet as well as an eight gallon fuel cell. Elsewhere, the dash features a full set of gauges including a GPS speedometer.

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Mechanical workmanship appears to be rather impressive. Power is supplied by an 1100cc flat-four from an early Honda GoldWing, mated to a 5-speed gearbox from same–the ad doesn’t mention if reverse is featured, though it would be ideal for this application. Torque is put to the ground through a chain transfer to a custom driveshaft, meeting a Datsun pick-up rear diff out back. An Edelbrock air cleaner adds a bit of hot rod appearance to the motor, and Harley Davidson dual pipes should make an interesting noise.

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Here’s a look at the chassis just below the cab. Front suspension consists of a dropped axle with Ford spindles, transverse leaf spring with inboard shocks, and Wilwood discs. Quarter inch elliptical leafs with triangulated trailing arms and tube shocks suspend the Datsun axle in the rear–neat.

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Said to be street legal, the car hasn’t yet been registered–we can’t imagine that’d be an easy task in California, but it’d be worth trying.

No Reserve: 1977 Benelli 750 Sei

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This 1977 Benelli Sei is an Italian motorcycle featuring its original 6-cylinder 747cc engine that was purchased from its long-term owner who had the bike since 1979. The 750 Sei is notable as the first six-cylinder engine to be offered in a production motorcycle. This bike was ridden regularly until 1995, at which time it received a mechanical and cosmetic restoration. The engine was rebuilt with all new components, and the chassis and ancillaries were fully refurbished. The odometer was zeroed and the bike has done 16k miles in the last 20 years.

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The 750 Sei was envisioned by Alejandro de Tomaso and was produced from 1973 to 1989. De Tomaso wanted it to become Italy’s go-to sporting motorcycle with styling by Ghia. The Sei was heavily marketed when launched, and although it was well liked by riders, it could never manage to outsell its Japanese competitors.

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Red paint is in good condition and the chrome trim, fenders, and engine components all look nice. Badging is accounted for and in good shape. The bikini front fairing is a period item that can easily be removed for a more sporty look.

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The bike is largely stock, with the exception of an aftermarket exhaust setup, seat cover, and turn indicators. Veglia gauges are said to work properly, though the tachometer face is cracked.

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The aftermarket seat is in good condition with no tears or stitching issues. A new seat cover is also included.

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Up front, handling is achieved with black and chrome 38mm Marzocchi telescopic forks and twin disc-brakes, while the rear wheel utilizes twin shock suspension and features drum brakes. the bikini front fairing is a period item that can easily be removed for a more sporty look.

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The 747cc air-cooled inline six-cylinder engine was overhauled by the previous owner in 1995. The engine was modeled on the four-cylinder Honda CB500, with two extra added cylinders. The engine produced a healthy 76hp at 9000 rpm when new, and could propel riders up to 127mph.

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The 750 Sei is famous for the sound from its six mufflers. Although this example currently wears an aftermarket unit, a complete new 6 into 6 exhaust system is included. The system can be seen above with period seat cover and new set of stock turn indicators, also included in the sale.

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Even with 6-cylinders, the width of the bike was kept at bay by positioning the alternator behind the cylinders. Cooling was increased with air passages between the cylinders, and three Dell’Orto VHB 24 mm carburetors blend air and fuel efficiently. The Benelli 750 Six remained the only six-cylinder motorcycle in production until the Honda CBX was introduced in 1978. Service records from the ’95 resto are included, and the bike carries a clean Florida title.

No Reserve: 1957 NSU Prima III Scooter

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This 1957 NSU Prima III was purchased from the collection of well known scooter restorers Tom and Anna Giordano. NSU began producing the Innocenti Lambretta under license beginning in 1950, then introduced the Prima as their own design in 1956. This Prima III was originally equipped with a 146cc engine but has been bored out to the 175cc displacement of the higher priced Prima V. It has been restored both cosmetically and mechanically using many NOS parts acquired by the Giordanos from a former NSU dealer, and remains in good condition.

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The scooter is in nice cosmetic condition with fresh paint in a period appropriate pastel green. The trim was restored with a combination of polished original parts and NOS pieces where available. Some of the trim between the two rear side panels is missing but there are no other significant flaws in the bodywork.

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The clock and speedometer have been restored. The scooter is equipped with an electric starter and all lights are in working order.

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The dual bicycle style seats for the rider and pillion passenger are in very good condition. The grab handle for the back seat rider is still in the protective plastic wrap.

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The frame was also cleaned and repainted as part of the restoration, as were the wheels. New tires were fitted.

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The mechanical components of the scooter were all refurbished, with the following work performed:

  • Fully rebuilt engine
  • Transmission disassembled with any worn parts replaced as needed
  • Rebuilt carburetor
  • Fuel tank cleaned out and new fuel lines installed
  • All cables replaced
  • Brake system rebuilt
  • Suspension rebuilt

The engine is a 175cc unit that starts easily and runs well, and with all the mechanical systems refreshed the scooter is said to ride nicely.

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The scooter is sold with a Washington state title. These German built NSU scooters are an interesting alternative to the more common Vespa and Lambretta scooters of the era. This example has been nicely restored with good attention to detail and is being offered at no reserve.

No Reserve: 1962 Sears Puch Compact D50 Scooter

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This 1962 Sears Puch Compact Scooter is an early model that has been preserved in near-original condition with 707 miles on the odometer. The scooter is unrestored in bright white with red seat and trim, and features its original 60cc two-stroke engine and three-speed transmission. Sears began carrying Puch scooters in 1961, and though these models can be confused with Sears Allstate brand scooters, they do not have Allstate badges or decals. The owner reports that this Puch starts on the first kick and runs well. The scooter recently received new fluids and is sold on a bill of sale.

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The seller rode the scooter during the Bikes & Blues Festival in Silver City, New Mexico in late May, and says it attracted just as much attention as the big Harleys. The seller notes he had the scooter up to 35 mph, but slowed when he remembered the tires and tubes are 54 years old.

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The paint, decals, seat cover and foam, rubber floorboard mats, chrome trim, and tires are all said to be original.

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Headlight, brake light, speedometer, and horn are said to work. Note the vintage Sears logo on the back of the seat.

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Although the scooter has been stored in a garage, some surface rust and paint damage are evident, particularly on the chain guard and the edges of the floorboards.

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The engine is a one-cylinder 2-stroke unit with a 3-speed gearbox. When new, the engine produced 3.9hp and was said to get 100mpg. It was reportedly capable of speeds up to 42 mph. Because these models were sold as a “50”, it was not subject to registration requirements, and therefore has never been titled. The seller believes the true displacement is 60cc.

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The VDO speedometer and odometer are said to function, and the imperfection in the speedo lens is actually an old spider web. Chrome trim surround shows light pitting.

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The model number can be seen on the plate above. The seller recently serviced the scooter by changing the transmission fluid, lubricating cables, and cleaning the fuel tank. He notes that the tires show no dry rot and were retained for originality, but should be replaced before the scooter is driven further. A set of believed original tools are marked as Made in Austria and can be viewed in the gallery below. They fit in a storage compartment under the seat and are included the sale.

1951 Ardie B-251

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This 1951 Ardie B-251 is an uncommonly seen two-seater runabout manufactured in Nuremburg during Germany’s post-WWII recovery period. An older refurbishment was reportedly carried out by an American expat in Germany, from whom the seller purchased it while stationed there. The motorcycle was then shipped to the US in 2010, where it has been stored under cover in a garage for the ensuing six years. The engine starts and runs but will need some attention as detailed below. Documentation includes parts invoices and the original owner’s purchase paperwork from Ardie-Werk A.G., and an Ohio title is included.

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Black paint still shines well overall but exhibits signs of wear including a handful of chips and a one-inch scratch on the fuel tank, and would likely benefit from a good polish. Pagusa seats, grips, fork bellows and other rubber items appear to be in good shape. A period rack and rearview mirror have been fitted, and chrome spoked wheels wear Metzlers with substantial tread remaining.

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Chrome is presentable but shows light pitting throughout, and the normally chrome headlight bezel has been painted black. Age-related patina is visible on badging, fork braces and other aluminum parts. The painted steel double-cradle frame appears largely devoid of corrosion in photos.

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Power comes from a 245cc two-stroke single which was last started and run in 2015 – starting is via a kick pedal and the motor runs on a 1:25 oil to fuel mixture. The carburetor will need to be cleaned, a tuneup performed and the battery replaced according to the seller. Peak power came at 5000 rpm and at just under 300 pounds, the B251 was supposedly capable of nearly 60mph when in good tune.

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A four-speed manual gearbox is mounted inside the ribbed engine case and sends approximately 10.5 horsepower to the chain-driven rear wheel. Drum brakes are fitted at both ends and suspension is via a standard telescoping fork in front and Jurisch-type plunger in the rear. The bike’s last service was in Germany when it was still being used regularly.

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After six years of storage the bike is being sold to help with a move to New Mexico for medical school. A handful of German service records are included in the sale, along with period technical manuals and the bike’s original German title.

No Reserve: 2003 Ducati Monster 1000 S

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This 2003 Ducati Monster 1000 Si.e. has covered just 2500 miles from new and is described as a garage queen in a relatively rare color scheme. Its seller purchased it in 2005 with less than 200 miles, then sold it to his best friend – it then passed through the hands of another mutual friend before eventually coming back in trade. Modifications are limited to a Corbin seat and Remus exhaust, and service records are included. The condition is described as excellent detailed as detailed in the gallery below, and the sale includes a clean New York title.

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Initially designed for 1993 by Miguel Galluzzi, the Monster helped usher in the popular “naked street bike” category and cosmetics remain largely unchanged today. This example features a relatively uncommon metallic grey with red three-spoked Marchessini lightweight wheels – its tank, frame, running gear and fasteners appear very clean and retain factory decals.

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Up top, a Corbin leather seat was installed by a previous owner – wide bars and adjustable control levers were standard. Few signs of use are present besides a deep scratch in the face of the 11,000rpm tach.

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The air-cooled 992cc desmodromic-valved twin was a new iteration for 2003. The Dual Spark injected motor provided roughly 84 horsepower in stock form and a fat torque curve to propel a 415-pound dry weight.

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Remus carbon fiber high pipes are the only other aftermarket addition and sound great according to the seller. Overall performance is described as near factory specification.

The video above shows a brief walkaround and demonstrates the engine being started up and how the Remus pipes sound when the bike is revved.

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Power is fed through a six-speed transmission to the chain-driven rear wheel mounted in a double-sided aluminum swingarm.

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Twin Brembo four-piston calipers with 320 mm discs provide stopping power, and the fully adjustable Showa fork and single-shock rear suspension work in concert with frame geometry designed for confident handling.

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Reportedly always maintained according to time increments rather than mileage, the bike’s last service was in fall 2015 and records are included.

No Reserve: 1990 Honda GB500 Tourist Trophy

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This 1990 Honda GB500 Tourist Trophy is a nicely preserved example of Honda’s tribute to the Isle of Man TT and has just 3,361 miles on the odometer. Imported to the US officially for just two years, these aircooled singles sold in limited numbers and predicted the rise of retro-styled bikes on the market today. This example remains factory-correct, has always been stored in a heated garage, and recently had its carburetor rebuilt. The bike comes with a clean Indiana title in the seller’s name.

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These large bore singles were meant to resemble Manx Norton and other single cylinder race bikes from the 1960s. The engine is derived from the 600cc unit used in the XL600 dirt bike, and appears largely similar, though with polished cases and a street bike-appropriate exhaust. The side panels on the GB500 were metal, rather than plastic as often used on bikes of this period.

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Honda dubbed the paintwork Black-Green, and from most angles appears black. Up close the green and metallic elements of the paint can be seen. Gold pinstriping and silver lettering show well, with no wear-through in the areas around the tank or the rider’s knees.

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Seat vinyl appears to be in good condition, and while the rear clamshell on the seat is removable the area beneath is too heavily sloped for 2-up riding. The seller collects cars and bikes and previously sold his 1952 BMW R68 on BaT last year.

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Instruments consist of a speedo and tach with a quintet of warning lights; four in the tach face and a side stand warning light below the speedometer. Metal, plastic and glass components all show well. 3,361 miles are shown on the 5-place odometer, and per the seller the bike has only been ridden about 25 miles in the eight years they’ve owned it.

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The engine is a 498cc single with split exhaust ports and four valves, and was good for a claimed 33 horsepower and similar torque when new. The seller’s mechanic recently rebuilt the round-slide carburetor and states the bike rode well on his test ride.

1966 BMW R50/2 and Duna Sidecar

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This 1966 BMW R50/2 motorcycle is a numbers-matching bike designed from the factory for sidecar use with sidecar mounting points built into the frame and an Earles fork. The seller purchased the BMW approximately 10 years ago and rode it for several years before sourcing a compatible Duna sidecar. He sent the sidecar to Wayne Carini’s F40 Motorsports for restoration and had it painted to match the BMW. Shortly after the restoration was completed the seller was involved in a serious accident on another motorcycle and hasn’t ridden since. The motorcycle and sidecar combo were never ridden, and four years later the seller has opted to sell so the next owner can enjoy them.

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The bike was restored prior to the seller’s purchase and remains in excellent cosmetic condition. The black paint is very nice with only minor patina and the dual Pagusa solo seats provide a great look. The chrome is in good shape with some minor wear around the speedometer trim ring.

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The sidecar is a Hungarian built Duna model from the early 1960s. The bodywork is aluminum for light weight and features distinctive “rocket-nose” styling. The bodywork and seat was restored to a high standard and remains in as-restored condition, having been in indoor storage since the work was done. While the sidecar is currently mounted to the bike the seller recommends it be taken to an expert before riding, as careful alignment is needed to keep the bike and sidecar stable.

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The 500 CC BMW flat twin is original to the bike, with matching numbers on the motor casing, frame, and data plate. The fuel tank is believed to be original as well. While the bike hasn’t been ridden in the past four years the seller runs it on a regular basis to prevent the fuel system from deteriorating due to lack of use.

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The bike shows 40k miles on the odometer, though there is no way to verify that the mileage is correct.

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The bike is sold with a bill of sale and the Connecticut registration, as the state doesn’t issue titles for vehicles more than 20 years old. The sidecar is attached but not set up or aligned for road use. The bike runs well but the combo will need some adjustment to be safe and usable.