When most manufacturers were making 250cc singles do, Benelli – with help from new leader DeTomaso – showed their engineering chops with a super-smooth 250 inline four. This rarity comes to you from northern Italy and shows nicely with just under 1,900 miles.
To accompany their newer and bigger offerings to the showroom, Benelli engineers shrunk the SOHC engine so that cylinder bores are just under two inches, but still makes 27hp ( at 10,500 rpm ! ) with 26mm carburetors. Chassis and suspension are standard for the day, though the tank/seat fairing is quite innovative with integral tank pad and gauges built into the folded-looking tank. Kick-starting is all that was required, and a single 260mm disk suffices with a drum rear. The chrome and alloy interplay is completed by the 2-into-1 exhaust and alloy wheels.
Photographed on the road with a license plate, this 250/4 seems a very good survivor, with paint and chrome that fib about the many years since new. The comments offer worldwide delivery and show their last crating job as evidence. Notes are spare in the eBay auction:
Excellent unrestored bike, ultra rare first series, frame number 10008. 2 owners. 100% original. Sold by Benelli Bari dealer in southern Italy.
Obviously for a Benelli fan or collector, a 250 Quattro would be a special purchase. This one could be ridden to sample a cavallo di battaglia from the late 70’s, without worry of damaging a true museum piece. We saw such an example go over $15K at Mecum in January, this one is about ninety percent of the value at slightly over half the ask.