The Gilera company was founded in 1909 by Giuseppe Gilera and soon made a name for itself with high quality road bikes and very successful racers. In the 1950s they dominated the 500cc Grand Prix scene.
By the 1960s racing success was a thing of the past and Gilera became part of Piaggio, the company behind the more mundane Vespa scooter. There is still a touch of sporting flavour in this 1972 Gilera Arcore though, with its 150cc four-stroke engine revving to 8,300rpm and producing 14bhp (good for 120kph on the autostrada with your chest flat on the tank).
A duplex cradle frame, aluminium hubs and five-speed gearbox complete the sporting specification. Appearing to be in good, clean, all original order, this machine should prove easy enough to get back on the road. It will need an MOT, but it is tax exempt. These models were imported into the UK back in the day so spares and know-how should also be easy to come by.
This bike has no NOVA form, but does have a dating certificate from the Old Italian Bike Register which will help in getting the bike registered.