Benelli had a long and illustrious history having been founded in 1909, but by the 1970s they were struggling and were taken over by millionaire industrialist Alejandro de Tomaso.
Benelli’s motorbikes at this time were seen as old-fashioned and were losing sales to the Japanese. De Tomaso was determined to turn this around and the Benelli 2C was part of his plan. As with the new four-strokes in the Benelli range, the two-stroke 2C represented a sincere form of flattery to the Japanese motorcycle industry. Twin-cylinder two-strokes were not common in Italy and the 2C owed much to the success of rival offerings from Suzuki and Yamaha.
KMO 821W (yes, it’s an official British import) was first registered in March 1981 and is offered as a restoration project. It has fewer than 12,000 miles on the clock (no guarantee given) but has deteriorated somewhat during a long period in storage. The fact that this model was sold in this country when new should provide a reasonable chance of finding spares.
The 2C with its twin-cylinder two-stroke engine will provide cracking performance when restored and makes an appealing alternative to the ubiquitous Japanese offerings of the period.