Gilera 500 VTGS, 1939, Italia
The 500 VGTS model, also known as “Otto Bulloni” (“Eight bolts“), was born as Gran Sport and soon established itself as a true racing machine. This is the Milano-Taranto special edition. It was the firat OHV Gilera mass-produced motorcycle, from 1935 to 1941. The two valves are controlled by a pushrod valvetrain; the 4-speed gearbox is operated via a pedal on the right. The sport version -one of the most desirable bikes before the war- was pretty competitive in racing. Instead of the official name, the bike was known as “Quattro bulloni” for the street version and “Otto bulloni” for the sports one, the name derives from the number of hanger bolts used to secure the cylinder to the crankcase.