1953 Ferrari 150 Sport
1953 Ferrari 150 Sport
- Engine: 150cc single cylinder
- Transmission: 3 Speed Manual
- Year: 1953
- Frame #: S 1325 S
- Engine #: S 1325 S
- Registration: 8136 TR
- Exterior Colour: Ferrari red
- Interior colour and material:
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- This Motorcycle joined our Black & White Collection in April 2012 and was sadly sold in August 2012.
- It was imported from Italy just days prior to our purchase and we are the motorcycle's first English owners.
- This is one of the very first motorcycles to be manufactured by Fratelli Ferrari, as the marque was launched in Milan just a few weeks prior to the first registration of this example, that was sold new in Terni (in the middle of Italy) in April 1953 and licensed as 8136-TR.
- The motorcycle is believed to have always remained in Italy and is recorded as having only one owner, who cancelled the Italian licence in December 1982. How many owners it has had since then is unknown, although we know it has had at least one as the motorcycle was part of an enormous collection based near Milan until our purchase.
A brief history of Moto Fratelli Ferrari:
One of the most discussed topics circulating the visitors and journalists of the 1953 Motosalone di Milano (Milan Motorcycle Show) was that the racing car manufacturer Enzo Ferrari was branching out into motorcycle manufacture. The proof of this much doubted story though was to be found in one of the halls where a Ferrari red motorcycle could be seen (if you were successful in fighting your way through the crowds surrounding the stand). On proud display and bearing the car makers prancing horse crest and name was a 125cc single-cylinder two stroke machine with a two speed gearbox, bearing an uncanny resemblance to an offering from rival Parilla. As you can imagine, company staff were feverishly taking orders from excited visitors, who sadly were soon to become extremely disappointed and annoyed, as did a certain Enzo Ferrari. It was not long before news of what had happened within the Milan exhibition halls reached Maranello, as angry customers began contacting Enzo's company demanding to know why the motorcycle they had ordered had not been delivered. Aided by the frosty reception they received from Enzo Ferrari, it soon dawned on these people that they had not ordered a product of the car racing champions from Maranello, but an offering from a completely unrelated company from Milan that was run by a couple of adventurous brothers who decided to capitalise on the fact that they shared the same relatively common last name as the famous Enzo. One of the brothers had recently worked for Parilla, hence the similarity of the Ferrari motorcycle to his previous employers. The inevitable eventually happened and Enzo took the Ferrari brothers to court and sued them for miss-using his company name, and he won. The result was the Ferrari brothers could continue to use their name on their motorcycles but they must clearly state Fratelli Ferrari (Ferrari Brothers) and never use Enzos prancing horse logo again. Up until this time the motorcycles had simply worn the name FERRARI on the sides of the fuel tank and engine. The costs amounted by fighting Enzo soon took their toll on the small Fratelli Ferrari company and by the late 1950's the company no longer existed. During the company's short life it produced a small range of 125cc, 150cc and 250cc single and twin cylinder engined motorcycles. Survivors are extremely scarce with the majority believed to be the more popular and cheaper when new 125cc model. Due to their rarity, especially the early examples badged simply Ferrari prior to them being badged Fratelli Ferrari, very little is known about the company and its products.