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A rare opportunity to acquire a genuine ex-Arthur Wheeler Guzzi, with a great GP pedigree. It is the machine that he rode to victory in many events, including the 250cc lightweight 1954 Italian GP & NW200 and 1958 Blandford International etc and achieved a great number of Grand Prix and TT results throughout the 1950's.
In 1959 it was sold to Trevor Barnes who began his racing career on the machine. He was soon winning on the machine and gained several wins and lap records. He sold the bike in "almost standard Gambalunghino trim" (bar a Norton front end) to finance buying Arthur Wheelers later all-Renolds frame machine.
After Barnes, the bike was sold to and raced by Arthur Lawn. The machine was then fitted with Arthur Wheelers 1st Renolds frame (swing arm convertion) which was made in 1958 then installed on this bike by Arthur Lawn in 1964, who had bought it from Wheeler earlier that year.
The engine has magnesium crankcases, external flywheel, Overhead cam, downdraft Dellorto SS1 carb with remote float, Lucas racing magneto and lots of other iconic period parts as would be expected on a true period race bike.
This bike was displayed in Murrays Museum on the Isle of Man for a great many years, mostly complete and has a documented history from Arthur Lawn, John Kidson, Trevor Barnes, Ken Sprayson (who built the Renolds frame) and the Wheeler family. Box of spares, Portfolio of photo's and infomation also included
A very historic & desirable machine.
Best in Show & Best Racer winner at Telford Classic Off Road & Road Racing Show Feb 2011 and winner of the Best TT Machine & Mike Hailwood Memorial Trophy at the Stafford Bike Show spring 2011