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Sport Bikes For Sale June 11, 2019 posted by

Italian origami: 1981 Benelli 250 Quattro

The 1981 Benelli 250 Quattro was the only bike of its kind when it was in dealer showrooms, sporting four times as many cylinders as most bikes of its displacement and adding panache that most small-displacement machines just could not match. With a little under 30 horsepower on tap, the Benelli had enough thrust to crest 90 mph, a feat aided in no small measure by its miniscule 270-pound wet weight.

1981 Benelli 250 Quattro for sale on eBay

Using the engine as a stressed member and shod with trick for its size forks, the little Benellis handled OK, though they wore hilariously skinny 18-inch wheels and tires. Braking is taken care of by a front-disc, rear-drum setup.

This 1981 Benelli 250 Quattro is from the latter end of the production run, as the company was discovering the limited market for a 250cc four cylinder demanding Italian prices. Odd though the bike is, we love the angular bodywork and clever gauge and master cylinder packaging in the top of the tank. The bike is in excellent shape, and is absolutely resplendent in classic Italian red. It has less than 1,000 miles on it, which explains how good the bodywork and other hard parts look. The drawback is that it has not been started recently, and will require a going over before it’s road ready.

From the eBay listing:

This Benelli presents as an excellent and original 38 year old motorcycle with 1,165 kilometers or 720 miles.

This is a great way to get into vintage Italian motorcycles in an economical way. As this motorcycle has been in storage for a number of years, a basic service and new battery should be expected, as it has recently not been started.

Want to learn more about the Benelli 250cc 4 cylinder from Phil Aynsley:

Benelli & Moto Guzzi 250 four-cylinders | With Phil Aynsley

Conceived by Alejandro de Tomaso as sophisticated machines that could take advantage of the Italian tax concessions for under 250cc motorcycles, the 254 (250 4 cylinder) was first shown at the Milan Show in 1975. The Lino Tonti design was original and not derived from the Benelli 500/4 or 750/6, but from the existing 125cc twin. The actual capacity was 231cc and four 18mm DellOrto carburettors were fitted. The use of plastic bodywork kept the dry weight down to 117kg and a uncluttered look was achieved by housing the instruments in the tank, along with the front brake master cylinder. Unfortunately this meant that tank held only 8.5 litres.

Odd as this thing is, it will be an excellent add to any collection, and it’s a very cool and unique piece of motorcycling history. Though it was the only 250cc four cylinder of its time, it wasn’t Benelli’s only foray into micro multicylinder mills. In the late 1930s, they had cranked out an Isle of Man bike with a supercharged 250 four that made more than 60 horsepower and lapped the island a better than 75 mph. Isn’t that a legacy you’d like to bask in?

Italian origami: 1981 Benelli 250 Quattro
Benelli January 22, 2010 posted by

Third of three very rare vintage race bikes for sale on ebay

The last one is probably the most “famous” or well known (and definitely the most desirable and collectible) of the three – a :

A beautiful high end museum restoration by Kent Riches.

Any Italian motorcycle collector worth his weight in salt will know that a Benelli racer is one of the most desirable and sought after machines… A Benelli racer rarely makes it to the open market… They are usually passed around between collectors, friends and museums… Now is your opportunity to add a highly desirable brand to your Italian collection…

This classic racer has had a no-expense spared restoration to make this piece a true museum quality motorcycle.

Flawless paint, accurate decals and badging are just some of the fine detailed work.  Other features are…

Akront shouldered rims

Four leading shoe front drum brake

Marzocchi forks

Marzocchi rear shocks

Dellorto flat slide carbs

Melossi velocity stacks

Sexy Rob North pressure formed exhaust

Fiberglass fairing and bodywork

The motor is fresh and ready to run

Even without being an expert, I know almost any Benelli from the previous era is desirable and collectible.  With this being a 500cc GP racer, I am not surprised with the $18,000 Buy It Now price.  Regardless of if you are into the classics, how can you look at those curvy legs exhaust pipes and not fantasize about the beautiful howl from that engine?

phil