Founded in 1919 by Alberto Garelli, Garelli Motorcycles is an Italian manufacturer of mopeds and motorcycles, which virtually dominated the 1980s’ Grand Prix motorcycle racing with its 125cc class two wheelers. Garelli’s bikes won no less than 6 world championships between 1982 and 1987.
Twenty-four of these exquisite racing bikes will be part of a much anticipated auction that will take place in early February 2013. The event will be organized by Bonhams at the Grand Palais in Paris, and the collection will include world record winners ridden by legendary racers, but also a few beauties from before World War II.
This amazing collection was kept by its owner in a private chapel for many years, and it is now ready to pass into the hands of another passionate collector. Among the most impressive lots at the auction there will be a Garelli 1923 350 cc motorcycle ridden to victory in 1925 by Tazio Nuvolari at the 350 cc European Championship, and a 1963 Garelli 50 cc Monza, expected to fetch between approximately $64,700 and $90,500.