Chassis # 870200
Engine # 870200
A Matching Numbers Example Ready For Reconditioning
Offered In Original Condition
Parilla was an Italian motorcycle company founded in 1946 by Giovanni Parrilla and was one of the first Italian motorcycle manufacturers to appear post-WWII. Parilla produced a variety of road bikes with various power specifications ranging from 98cc all the way to 250cc. The first bike produced by the company was a 250cc overhead-camshaft single-cylinder race bike developed by Giuseppe Salmaggi. The engine used a bevel-driven overhead-camshaft like the Norton Manx, a popular British racing motorcycle made from 1947 to 1962. Parilla motorcycles were a step-up over German and British motorcycles of the time as the Italian manufacturer experimented with different overhead cam set-ups like tower shaft, chain-driven, and even gear-driven cams. European manufacturers mostly stuck to flathead and pushrod overhead-valve actuation which were not as exotic as the Italians’ overhead-camshaft set-ups. Parilla made a name for themselves at the venerable 1957 Motogiro d’Italia race where rider Giuseppe Rottigni took top honors for his team. Mr. Rottigni swept American motorcycle races as well, assisted by Cosmopolitan Motors of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who took over American distribution of Parilla models and parts in 1957. Production of Parilla motorcycles ended in 1967 and the modern iteration of the company focuses on high-end e-Bikes.
This particular model, frame #870200, is a 1959 Parilla 125cc 4S Special with matching frame and engine numbers. The 125cc 4S Special debuted alongside other Parilla models like the 125cc 2S Slughi and the quicker 175cc 4S Special. Frame #870200 looks to be a very original example with some incredible patina on display.
The odometer on this example shows 32,043 km (19,910 miles) and it is believed to be a very low-mile survivor. The side of the red gas tank sports a black boomerang design that matches the black frame and is adorned by the Parilla logo, an Italian Greyhound. The motorcycle is powered by a 125cc four-stroke OHV engine with a Dellorto UB20BS Carburetor and Tommaselli Super Pratic B Quick Throttle. Factory specifications rated the engine at 9 HP with a max rev of 7200 RPM. This particular 125cc 4S Special is equipped with many period-correct parts, from the Italian C.E.V. 963 horn to the Aquila Continentale saddle. It is riding on a pair of chrome, wire-spoke rims hugged by vintage Pirelli tires. According to our research, the 125cc 4S Special came factory with a blue paint job and a gold boomerang design. The red paint job and black boomerang design on this example suggest that it was painted at some point in its life to mimic the look of the higher-spec 175cc 4S Special. Another modification is the UB20BS Carburetor, taken from a 1961 Parilla 125cc 4S Regularity.
Frame #870200 is ready to undergo a full restoration or be kept as-is if natural patina is something you desire. As it sits today it is largely complete and appears to likely just need a thorough sorting and servicing to be road-worthy again. Once in running order, it is a perfect candidate for the Motogiro d’Italia historical re-enactment or the Parilla Days USA gathering for vintage Italian motorcycles. Vintage Parilla motorcycles are highly sought after by collectors and such a complete example is rare to come by. Do not miss out on this chance to own one of Italy’s first racing motorcycles with a rich history to boot.
- Engine Size 125cc
- Year of manufacture 1959