Recently imported from Italy where it was in a collection
Works just as well as a beautiful static object
Huge history file including all original service books
Very rare to find in this condition
In 1937 Giuseppe Gellera of Gilera acquired the racing programme of rival Rondine. This was a little like getting the keys to the space programme because Rondine had the most advanced bike in the world, one that was extremely fast.
This wonderful 500LE displays all the features that make this bike as delightful to look at as to ride. Recently imported to the UK from a private collection in Italy it is now on local plates and comes with a vast history file that includes all its original service books. These bikes are highly collectable for very obvious reasons and this one looks very tempting.
The History and Paperwork
We are told that this is a 1939 500LE
Recently imported to the UK from Italy
Previously in the long term ownership of an Italian collector
Displays its Italian plates but now wears a UK registration
Sold with import duties and registration documentation paid
We are told that the thick history file includes all service books
The vendor advises that everything works and it has been road tested
Superbly detailed bike in factory correct trim
Likely to have been restored and remains in very good condition
Some very minor signs of age such as light chrome tarnishing on the tank
Beautifully detailed Gilerna decals across front mud guard and tank
Good chromework with only the previously mentioned patina
Smart chrome wire wheels with factory correct red central trim
Fully sprung frame with sophisticated and gorgeously detailed rear suspension
Grips and rubber trims present well with no visible signs of use
Stitched and sprung seat in week kept condition with no marks
Black painted trim elements appear to have been restored with little deterioration
499cc OHV single cylinder air cooled engine designed by Giuseppe Salmaggi
36bhp and said to be good for 85mph
4 speed transmission with chain drive
Sprung girder front suspension
Patented horizontal spring friction damper rear suspension
This combination is said to have provided excellent ride
8 inch aluminium drum brakes
Great detailing including the aluminium engine castings
We are told there is a thick history file covering servicing and maintenance work
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