1955 Ferrari 150 Turismo
1955 Ferrari 150 Turismo
- Engine: 160cc 2-stroke single cylinder
- Transmission: 3 Speed Manual
- Year: 1955
- Frame #: T 2736 T
- Engine #: T 2736 T
- Registration: 570 UYO
- Exterior colour: Black and light metallic grey
- Interior colour and material:
- I purchased this very rare and beautiful motorcycle in Rome, Italy in September 2015. I had not intended to sell it but due to a combination of acquiring an exceptionally rare Maserati motorcycle (125 GTS) and limited storage space I found it a new home in December 2015.
- According to the Automobile Club d'Italia public register report that I have for this motorcycle, it was built on or around January 22nd 1955. The report then states that on July 18th 1958 the motorcycle was sold to a Fernando Spuntarelli of Foligno, in the province of Perugia, in the middle of Italy. It was issued with the licence plate PG 54179. It is not known where the motorcycle was for the first three years of its life but it is believed to have been an old stock and unregistered motorcycle, as register reports normally state the previous licence plate if a vehicle had been registered in another province, and this one does not state one. The price paid is also quoted as being the "list" price.
- There are no further changes of ownership recorded on the Register report, and in 1988 the licence was cancelled as it was presumed the motorcycle was no longer being used on the road. I deduce from this that the Ferrari was retained by Signore Spuntarelli until at least 1988. The vendor who I purchased the motorcycle from informed me that he had purchased the Ferrari in August 2015 in the Vatican area of Rome, so until I acquired it it had spent the majority of its life in the same area.
- The condition of the motorcycle is excellent as it is thought to have been restored in the late 2000's.
- The vendor informed me that he rebuilt the engine immediately prior to my purchase with new bearings, oil seals, and piston rings, and that he also fitted a clutch.
- The Public Register report states that the engine size of this Ferrari 150 is actually 160cc. I have come across this before with Ferrari motorcycles, where the engine size is actually far greater than the model name would suggest.
- I obtained UK road registration on this Ferrari in December 2015.
- This is a beautiful and very rare Italian motorcycle from an era when there were many small Italian motorcycle companies producing wonderful small lightweight single cylinder machines. It is guaranteed to be a good conversation starter: "I never knew Ferrari made motorcycles....."!
A brief history of La Meccanica Italiana Moto Fratelli Ferrari, Milano:
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 that of 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, especially the earlier FERRARI badged examples, with the majority believed to be the more popular and cheaper when new 125cc model. Due to their rarity now and the little that was produced about them when new, very little is known about the company and its products.