1956 Maserati L/125/T2 Turismo Lusso

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1956 Maserati L/125/T2 Turismo Lusso

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  • Engine: 123cc 2-stroke single cylinder
  • Transmission: 3 Speed manual
  • Year: 1956
  • Frame #: A6024
  • Engine #: A5868
  • Registration: 609 XUK
  • Mileage:
  • Exterior colour: Red
  • Interior colour and material:

VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT ONLY PLEASE.

- We purchased this lovely and rare Maserati motorcycle in December 2007 from a classic car dealer in Hamburg, Germany.  It was sadly sold in February 2014 due to our purchase of another Maserati motorcycle.
- According to the original Certificate of Origin from Maserati that we have, this Maserati motorcycle was sold new in Milan on July 26th 1956 and licensed as MI-253056. The purchaser was Signore Alfonso Villa from the town of Lesmo, just north of Monza, and he enjoyed his rare motorcycle until December 1982 when he cancelled its registration and placed it in storage.
- In July 1992 Signore Villa sold the Maserati to a Giuseppe Genazzini of central Milan. It is not known how long Signore Genazzini retained the Maserati for but in October 2002 it was registered for road use in Hamburg, Germany. The registered owner was a Volker Weber who had purchased the motorcycle from a friend of his. We contacted Mr Weber in December 2013 and he informed us that the motorcycle had been acquired by a friend of his "in a package of parts for old Alfa Romeo in Italy."
- The Maserati was road registered in the UK by us in January 2008.
- It is unknown when this motorcycle was restored although it would have been some time ago.  The condition is very good, and in some places it has the appearance of being wonderfully original, with just a few minor marks present in a some places.  We have enjoyed riding this Maserati on several occasions during our six years of ownership and it has always started and run extremely well.
- This is a very rare and special motorcycle that is fortunate to still possess its original certificate of manufacture from Maserati along with its original chassis plate, Italian registration book, and licence plate. Rarely do Maserati motorcycles come to the market, and rarely are they so original.

A brief history of Maserati motorcycles:
- The sight of a Maserati badge on an old motorcycle usually foxes even people most familiar to the exotic Italian marque.
- Wealthy industrialist Adolfo Orsi from Modena purchased the ailing Maserati company from its founding brothers in 1937 and by then Maserati was producing spark plugs and machine tools as well as racing cars. In 1939 Adolfo relocated Maserati to Modena and expanded the company to produce batteries and bulbs too, a diversification that proved very successful during the war years. The car and parts companies were separated in 1947 and Fabbrica Candele e Accumulatori Maserati (FCAM) was formed.
- After business difficulties in 1953 Adolfo decided to divide his remaining companies amongst his siblings. Adolfo retained the car manufacturing division and his sister Ida took control of FCAM.
- As in most countries after the war, car transport was for the wealthy few and motorcycle and scooter manufacturing companies sprung up all over the place. Ida Orsi wanted a piece of the action and to save money on development costs she purchased an existing company in 1953, Italmoto of Bologna. She relocated Italmoto and the production of its 160cc motorcycle to her own factory in Modena and simply replaced the Italmoto badge with a Maserati one. Ida then instructed the design department to come up with a whole new range of motorcycles, the first to be made being a successful 123cc two-stroke known as the L125 T2 which was launched in 1954.
- In 1956 a range of 50cc motorcycles were introduced, topped by the racing orientated 50/T2/SS. These were adored by the young sporty Italians and although popular, their price restricted sales and they therefore sold in limited numbers only. The SS featured a lightweight thin tube frame and semi-circle front spray guard (complete with Maserati badge at the front), plus rear mounted foot rests and cushions on the fuel tank to rest the riders chest upon, therefore reducing the riders wind resistance at speed. Performance for a 50cc was fantastic due to the little engine producing a heady 2.82hp at 6,700rpm (maximum revs being 7,300rpm) and it delivered the power to the road through a three-speed gearbox. The 49kg light weight aided a top speed of 70 to 75kph depending on the pilot’s pre-ride pasta consumption.
- Other motorcycles were offered alongside the 50cc and 125cc models such as 75cc, 160cc, 175cc, and 250cc variants.
- After 1957 the company experienced financial struggles and FCAM was finally closed in 1960. The Maserati trident would only then be seen on four wheeled vehicles, back where it all began.

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