The whole of Italy went scooter mad in the 1950s and the G50 was Gilera’s attempt to break into the market.
The G50 was not a huge success and over its seven year lifespan, only about 18,000 were produced (and a few big bore G80s). It was fairly standard fare in most respects, although it did boast a horizontal four-stroke 49cc engine when nearly all the competition were using two-strokes.
This example is complete, seems in good order and should be easy enough to get back on the road. It does look good in Italian racing red, but remember, top speed is only 30mph.
The Gilera G50 does have one claim to fame though: next time you watch Frankenheimer’s movie ‘Grand Prix’ and you see the scene with Francoise Hardy outside the café at night, focus this time on the scooter: it’s a G50!
There is an Italian logbook and a NOVA document accompanying this scooter.