Moto Guzzi Motorcycles

1952 Moto Guzzi Airone Turismo

1952 Moto Guzzi Airone Turismo
Estimate: (£) 3,000 - 4,000

Reg Number: 196 UXR
Frame Number: 24019
Engine Number: 100062
Body Colour: Red
Cc: 250
MOT ExpiryDate: None
The Airone was introduced during 1939 having been developed from the earlier PE model. Endowed with good performance and fine handling it quickly established itself as the most popular middleweight machine on the Italian market. Early versions utilised a cast iron cylinder and head which were replaced for the 1948 model season with aluminium items. The sprung frame featured a number of steel pressings in its construction with girder forks gracing the front end, although these were replaced for the 1947 season by telescopic units. For the 1949 season a "Sport" version joined the range, distinguishable from the "Touring" model by the aluminium rims fitted and a larger, 25mm carburettor. Production of the two variants continued until 1957, by which time more modern designs had overtaken them in the market place, compelling Moto Guzzi to replace them with the Lodola.

Regarded by many as the "little brother" of the Falcone, Airones have become increasingly sought after in recent years both in their home country and abroad. Today their eligibility for the events that seek to celebrate the glory years of Italian long distance road racing, combined with their easy handling and distinctive looks ensure their ongoing popularity as the most desirable of "classic Italian middleweights".

This particular example of the Tourismo variant was restored during 2006 and subsequently used that year to participate in VMCC events before being taken off the road in 2007. The vendor informs us that the machine "rides extremely well" following the restoration with the engine, transmission and electrical components all being described as "good". The predominantly red paintwork and the brightwork are in reportedly "excellent" condition.

Courtesy H&H Classic Auctions