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Parilla Classic Motorcycles


Giovanni Parrilla was born in Spain in 1912. When Giovanni was eight or nine, the family moved to the region of Calabria to make a better life for themselves. He was a precocious child who seemed fascinated by mechanical things. As a teenager and motorcycle terror to his parents, Giovanni was a enthusiastic rider of two wheels.

After a tour in the military, Parrilla started work as a diesel injection pump repairman and spark plug vendor in Milan. Each lunchtime, at an outdoor cafe, Giovanni would muse with his friends over their passion, the Italian entries in the world motorcycle racing competition. One fateful day, given the current Italian poor showing; he blurted out that he could build a better race bike than the other Italian factories. It sounded a monstrous boast to the others in the group and they quickly bet him that he could not. No one is certain the amount of the bet, yet to everyone's amusement, he began.

Giovanni, early in 1946, along with most other racing fans were in awe of the achievements of the Norton Manx; so he bought one. He took it apart, measured and studied it, then, when it was reassembled, he sold it and began his work in earnest.

Mere months later, his first offering won a local race. A man approached him with a wad of bills expecting to buy the bike right there. Giovanni declined the sale, yet promised the next one to this interested buyer. Many years later during the late 50's and 60's, production of the high-cam 175 and larger Parilla Gran Sports, the Norton classical colors and graphics were used on Parilla competition models, in honor of Norton's contribution to the design success of Moto Parilla.

During the following eighteen years, the Parilla factory produced over one hundred fifty different models. Many basic transportation style offerings were well know for their reliability and performance when compared to other Italian makes, yet Giovanni never lost his interest in producing competition machines.

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1949 Parilla 250cc Singleshaft 'Super Sport' 1949 Parilla 250cc Singleshaft 'Super Sport'
1954 Parilla "Bassotto" Sport Competizion, 175cc Parilla "Bassotto" Sport
1955 Parilla Turismo Speciale Parilla Turismo Speciale

By 1955 when this bikewas built, Parilla had established themselves as a major force in competition both nationally and internationally and had an extensive range of road machines ranging from 49cc two and four strokes to a 350cc which had been introduced at the 1952 Milan Show. At the heart of the range were five 175cc four stroke machines with either a high cam overhead valve operation, or in the case of the "production racer" an overhead camshaft layout. The first high cam engine had been introduced at the same time as the 350 twin, titled the Fox and had provided the basis for the 175cc range that started with the Turismo Special and was headed by the works twin cam Sport Competizione displayed in 1955.

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1955 Parilla 150 Sport 1955 Parilla 150 Sport
1956 Parilla Bialbero Special 175 1956 Parilla Bialbero Special 175
1957 Parilla 175cc MSDS 1957 Parilla 175cc MSDS
1957 Parilla Lusso Veloce 1957 Parilla Lusso Veloce 175cc, 14 Bhp.
1959 Parilla 175cc Scramble 1959 Parilla 175cc Scramble
1959 Parilla 250cc Scramble 1959 Parilla 250cc Scramble
1959 Parilla Greyhound 150 Parilla Greyhound American market model, believed to be the only US-edition example outside the USA.
1962 Parilla 175 MDSS 1962 Parilla 175 MDSS
1962 Parilla 250 Wildcat Scrambler 1962 Parilla 250 Wildcat Scrambler
1962 Parilla 175 MDSS 1962 Parilla 175 MDSS Very interesting 1962 Parilla MDSS production racer. 100% original, this bike has been carefully restored and is in excellent condition. Entered in the FMI (Federazione Motociclistica Italiana) historical register.

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