1956 Moto Guzzi Moto Guzzi 250 Airone Sport

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1956 Moto Guzzi 250 Airone Sport

Stock # D186

Concours example of iconic Moto Guzzi sport middleweight

A superb example of one of the most famous and popular Moto Guzzi models, this 1956 Airone (Heron in Italian ) is truly a work of industrial art.  This late production model ( last examples built in 1957 ) features all of the best components and design upgrades that were made in the long history of the Airone going back to its original introduction in 1939.  Largely original and period correct restoration from the engine out has resulted in a true showpiece displaying the remarkable craftsmanship and model expertise of one of the most regarded marque specialist shops in Italy. 

From the ground up the restoration included polished alloy rims, refitted 200mm alloy brakes and rebuilt suspension units, including the unique “Upside Down” telescopic forks, which appeared first for Moto Guzzi with the 1947 model Airone.  The composite pressed steel and tubular frame has been meticulously refinished.  The late model 247cc alloy engine has been rebuilt and the clutch and transmission restored as required.  The bike starts readily, idles smoothly - thanks to the entertaining external flywheel - and runs cleanly at all speeds.  Performance was a strong positive for the model back in the day and, with 13.5 horsepower in the Sport model, top speed is over 65 mph and the Airone Sport can cruise comfortably at 60 mph.  Despite the “antique” styling, both roadholding and braking are of a high order for the period and the Airone is a very enjoyable bike to ride.

Cosmetics are first rate in all regards, featuring a stunning chrome paneled tank, good chrome on all controls and components, new seats and all fine points well detailed, as can be seen in the photos.  Fresh from the comprehensive restoration this Airone needs nothing and is fully ready to show and ride with pride.  

One of the most “iconic” motorcycles ever built, the Airone has a long pedigree and was the basis for many successful racing machines from Moto Guzzi who won the 250cc world championship several times in the early 1950’s  

A near perfect example of one of the most historic and unique models ever produced by Moto Guzzi.

This time machine has a clean California title and registration, ready to enjoy.

Price (plus tax and DMV): $9,975

MODEL HISTORY : Moto Guzzi 250 Airone Sport

Moto Guzzi introduced its first horizontal single in 1919 and this signature design was featured on many different models well into the 1960’s.  Originally introduced in 1939, the Airone resumed production after WWll and was the most popular medium displacement motorcycle in Italy for over a decade.  The limited production Sport version introduced in 1949 offered higher compression, a larger carburettor, more power and sportier kit with alloy rims and racier ergonomics. It remained in production through 1957 and many consider the 1956-57 models the best of the series.  

A featured model of Moto Guzzi’s golden era (Guzzis won the 250cc World Championship twice between 1949-1952 and then took the 350cc title every year from 1953-1957), the Airone had much in common with the racing bikes and shared their performance image and reputation.

Popular as the Airone had come to be in the early 1950s, by the later part of the decade sales waned as the price was very high due to the complex design and level of finish, and competitive British, German and Italian models finally evolved to eclipse the lively performance.  Ultimately the Airone was the final 250cc model produced by Moto Guzzi and was replaced by the far more conventional Lodola 175 in 1957. 


1956 Moto Guzzi 250 Airone Sport

247 cc OHV Single

13.5 HP

4 Speed, Chain Drive

Top Speed : 65 mph 

Dimensions :

Wheelbase - 53.9 in

Fuel Capacity : 2.8 gal

Curb weight - 297 lb 

Production : 1949 - 57  


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