£35000 - £40000
The 1952 ex-Arthur Wheeler 1954 250 Italian GP winning Moto Guzzi Gambalunghino, unregistered, frame number 4411, engine number 4443, red. This Gambalunghino is a significant part of Moto Guzzi racing history, having been campaigned in period to GP and other International and National success. The machine was originally owned by Belgian Leon Martin before being purchased by works factory rider Fergus Anderson on behalf of Arthur Wheeler. The Guzzi was then returned to the factory in early 1952 where it was reconditioned and collected by Wheeler later that year. Arthur had tremendous success on the mount between 1952 and 1958 winning and placing in numerous events, including winning the 1954 250 Italian GP, 1954 North West 200, 1954/58 Blandford International and placing at numerous other meetings including the IOM TT on five occasions. Arthur sold the Guzzi in 1959 to Trevor Barnes who began his racing career on the machine. He was soon having success on a regular basis gaining several wins and lap records. The next owner was Arthur Lawn who purchased the bike in almost standard Gambalunghino trim (bar a Norton front end). Lawn raced the machine fitted with Arthur Wheeler’s first Reynolds frame (swing arm conversation) which was made in 1958 and installed on the the bike by Lawn in 1964 who had bought it earlier that year from Wheeler. There is a facsimile image on file of Lawn competing on the machine at the 1965 IOM TT. In more recent years this distinguished Guzzi was displayed at the Murray Museum on the Isle of Man and sold in 2005 on the Museums closure. Since then the Guzzi has been completely restored to period specification and is beautifully presented. The machine will be offered for auction with a history file containing a period photograph of Arthur Wheeler with the bike, other images of the Guzzi in competition, images of the machine during restoration, and a time line documented history of owners and competition success. With its distinguished racing career this historic and desirable machine would be welcome at any prestigious classic meeting. Unregistered
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