Italian Motorcycles

Simplex (Italy) Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

Manufactured: 1921-1950

Luigi Pellini of Turin built engines for bicycles, followed by complete motorcycles with two-stroke engines of 123cc.

In 1927 four-stroke models were produced using his own OHV engines of 149cc, 174cc, and 210cc, then in 1930 the Ala d'Oro of 175cc with overhead valves was released, followed in 1934 by a 500cc version. After the war there were similar machines with 148cc and 248cc engines.

Sources: MC Storico Conti et al

Sat Jul 15 2006
whh at post dot com
Simplex Ala d'Oro WANTED

Hello, I live in USA and I am looking to buy a 1930-36 Simplex Ala d'Oro 175-210cc motorcycle made in Turin, Italy. Please contact me.
Bill Hooben
Massachusetts, USA
Hello, I 've sent a scanned image of a restored '37 210cc Simplex Ala d'Oro. This is exactly the model I'm looking for. I hope you can use it.

The bike in the image was from an Italian dealers website ( http://www.motoold.it ). The bike was sold in 2004, I think. These are pretty rare machines, even in Italy where almost all of them still reside. I think they never made more than 300 a year in the 30's ... if 20-30 still exist, I'd be surprised.

I am looking for this bike because it had an attractive and compact unit-construction engine which was modern for its day. Italian motorcycles in the '30's were in many ways more advanced than British machines.


Bill Hooben

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