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Italian Motorcycles

1969 Moto Villa 250cc Four

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The Sammy Miller Museum is an historically important collection of road and competition motorcycles which focuses on the golden age of the sport in the 1950s and 60s. The collection includes some of the most outstanding machines ever raced, and almost all are in running order. Many have been lovingly restored, and some have been left with their original patina. More information here: The Sammy Miller Museum

1969 Moto Villa 250/4

Brothers Francesco (design) and Walter Villa (rider) were involved in racing for many years. Francesco designed 2-stroke racers for both Mondial & Montessa while Walter won 4 world championships for Harley-Davidson/Aermacchi in the '70s. They started building their own bikes in 1968 with a 125cc single, with Walter winning the Italian championship. This 250 V-4 appeared the following year and was basically two 125 twins mounted one above the other at a 30 degree angle. Unfortunately a change of rules limiting 250cc bikes to two cylinders from the 1970 season put paid to the design. It was raced once, in practice, at the Italian GP but with no development it did not compete in the race.
Text by Phil Aynesley

Fine photography by Phil Aynsley