Moto Bellissima: Italian Motorcycles from the 1950s and 1960s

By December 20, 2011Motorcycles

Exhibition at the SFO Museum – International Terminal. I’d be happy to miss a flight for this exhibit.

Moto Bellissima: Italian Motorcycles from the 1950s and 1960s
Moto Bellissima: Italian Motorcycles from the 1950s and 1960s

125cc Leoncino 1956 Benelli (1911–present), Pesaro, Italy
125cc Turismo 1951 FB Mondial (1948–79), Milan, Italy
175cc CSS Super Sport "Disco Volante" 1955
160cc Raid 1955 Moto Devil, OCMA (1953–57)

Excerpt from Moto Bellissima: Italian Motorcycles from the 1950s and 1960s:
The Italian propensity for artistic design, historically demonstrated in a wide range of manufactured goods, has perhaps never been better exemplified than in the beautiful motorcycles that graced Italy’s racetracks and roadways in the 1950s and 1960s. Over the course of two decades, an unprecedented number of Italian firms, many of them lost to history, produced a dizzying array of small-sized motorcycles for a country with a desperate need for mobility after World War II. These machines were created at a time of impoverished resources, but consistent with a characteristically Italian insistence on producing, and demanding, objects of extraordinary design and beauty.

Mega salute to Timothy O’Brien, Curator of Exhibitions SFO Museum, for supplying MegaDeluxe these photographs.

+ Source: Moto Bellissima: Italian Motorcycles from the 1950s and 1960s :: SFO Museum
 
 

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