1961 Aermacchi / Harley Sprint 250cc chasingmotorcycles.com

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Aermacchi 175 Chimera
Aermacchi 175 Chimera

11 Hours left – ’61 Aermacchi Sprint – Father’s Day Special

I just noticed this one scanning the ads this morning.  It’s a 1961 Aermacchi Sprint 250cc, completely restored and ready to ride, located in Davenport Iowa.  It’s on eBay with only 11 hours left, and the price with no bids is $4700.  If this bike is, in actuality as good as it looks, $4700 is cheap for a great bike from a top-notch Italian Engineering and Manufacturing company.

 While I believe that no bids will be given before time runs out,  I hope it is re-listed and someone claims this fine piece.

Owner states:

Up for auction is a restored 1961 Harley/Aermacchi 250 Sprint model C. It was restored in 2003 by owner/restorer Jeff Dietz. This bike is the first year for the Sprints and has many unique features only found on the 61 such as a larger European style touring tank with flip-up gas cap, thiner battery and tool boxes with metal knobs and “SPRINT” in script, no writing on engine sidecovers, European tailight/license plate holder, and nonfolding footrests. Also included is the left side float bowl and carb unique to the 61 which is currently not mounted on the bike.

All the chrome has been replated by The Chrome Shop in Rock Island ILL. and the alloy has been polished by the same. Virtually all the hardware, spokes, switches etc. are NOS. The rubber bits are repro, tires are Cheng Shin. The seat has been reupholstered.

The paint is Urethane pepper red and arctic white with no clear coat. The topend has been rebuilt by Ron Lancaster and includes new valve guides and valve job and new .4 oversize piston.

Aermacchi 175 Chimera

There are no issues with this bike, it starts easily and runs well. Everything functions as it should. I’ve put about 60 miles on it since completion. I’ve tried to make it as original as possible. It has a low and sleek look due to the 17 inch wheels.

  It also handles very well due in part to the low center of gravity and overall narrowness of the bike. It’s a stunning bike to see in person and fun to ride. It would make an ideal Moto-Giro bike.

There are very few of the 61′s left, they didn’t make many to begin with.

Also included are an original riders handbook in like new condition and rare foldout brochure of the 61. You can view other examples of my work at classicitaliancycles.com    Delivery is possible within 400 miles. I do not crate bikes, there are many companies which will pick up and haul bikes.

This model, I believe, was also known as the Ala Verde in Italy.  If so, it is a direct descendant of the Chimera, a controversial, but stunning post-war design that was copied to lesser extents by other manufacturers, most notably the Parilla Olympia/Sloughi.  When it came to manufacturer’s attention through horrible sales that the general public liked their motorcycles with the mechanicals exposed, the Ala Verde and its cousins came about.

Aermacchi 175 Chimera
Aermacchi 175 Chimera

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