Moto Guzzi were never afraid to plough their own furrow – horizontal singles, V8 Grand Prix bikes, and three-wheeled V-twins – so the funky Galletto was probably no surprise when it was unveiled in 1950.
Galletto means cockerel in Itallian and it may be that Guzzi had seen the success of the BSA Bantam and wanted to follow suit. To do so with something so out of the ordinary was a daring move.
This 1953 Galletto has a four-stroke 175cc horizontal single-cylinder engine, four-speed gearbox with shaft drive and single-side swinging arm. And did you spot the spare wheel? The all-encompassing bodywork was ahead of its time if not exactly elegant – there are not many bikes that make the LE Velocette look alla moda. It may surprise you to know that it was quite successful in its day (1950-1966) and is quite sought after today: after all, there is not much else like it (Hall Green’s finest apart).
This Galletto is complete and well-preserved; there is very little corrosion or damage to the bodywork and the paintwork is the correct factory finish ivory. You could restore it, but it will only be original once. Get it running, get it on the road and get noticed.
A NOVA document and a photocopy of the original Italian paperwork are present.