947 Gilera Saturno 500 ProjectEngine no. 84X90265172The best known and most successful large-capacity Gilera roadster of the immediate post-WWII period was the Saturno. First seen in 1940 in competition guise, the Saturno - a 499cc, overhead-valve, 4-stroke single - did not enter production until 1946 when it appeared with the horizontally-sprung, friction-damped, swinging-arm rear suspension first seen on the pre-war blown 'four' racer. In the late 1940s the factory built a limited number of Competizione versions of the Saturno, and this model resulted in the more highly developed San Remo racer that featured a more powerful engine, blade girder fork and full-width front hub. The design's next development, the Corsa, arrived in 1951 boasting a revised engine with increased finning and a larger sump. A telescopic front fork and conventional hydraulically damped rear shock absorbers made their first appearance on this model, giving rise to the name Piuma (feather) because of the ease of handling these advances conferred. Major changes to the Turismo and Sport roadsters were mainly confined to the cycle parts, which were updated with a telescopic front fork and full-width alloy front brake for 1951 and conventional coil-spring dampers at the rear soon after. Production of the Saturno roadsters continued until 1959, their passing marking the end of the line for one of Italy's truly great classic motorcycles.This example being offered is thought to be a Turismo model which came from Italy via Chile where it became a quasi-road racer, engine is not mechanically tested, although it's not frozen, and will need reconditioning if intended for racing or road use. As is she is a beautiful display peice to be sold as is. call John or Lisa for details. We ship world wide.