Wednesday, March 04, 2009

One of my favorite photos, the MV Augusta 60cc Monomoto Superleggera

Above photo from http://gustavoleme.blogspot.com/2009/04/monocicleta.html and the info that this is to be found at Bob's BMW Motorcycles 10720th Guilford Rd Jessup MD 20794-9385

The machine is not rideable.
“This MV Augusta 60cc Monomoto Superleggera is the experimental machine ridden by young wealthy Italian Luiggi Bandini, during practice for the 1954 Milano-Taranto Road Race. Bandini tragically lost control in a misty mountain section, while waving to a pretty spectator. His grief stricken father, Count Enzio Bandini, “The Falcon,” never again permitted anyone to ride or even view this advanced design, and knowledge of its whereabouts faded. Eventually, rumors of this fascinating machine reached the motorcycling bon vivant Todd Fell. On a trip to Naples, Italy, his quest to find it was rewarded at the Bandini country villa, where in 2004, fifty years after the tragic accident, the late Count’s family was persuaded to part with the treasure.”
from http://www.jwoodandcompany.com/2007/2007_early_consignments.htm via: http://cars.failblog.org/2010/10/15/funny-car-photos-ccs-of-steam/

I posted this back in March 07: http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2007/03/cool-photos.html and I believe you will enjoy looking through this blog all the way back for stuff like this one wheel motorcycle

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the reference. Great blog yours!

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  2. Cannot Imagine what it would be like to even attempt to ride
    that thing! I've almost killed myself trying to ride a unicycle!

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  3. Amazingly, this thing sold for $17,000 at the Wood & Sons auction at the Stetson University Field House in Deland, FL during Bike Week some years ago... My friends and I were stunned that it sold for so little, wondering what they could have gotten for it at Barrett-Jackson...Even kookier to see up close...

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