Rare in the US – 1970 Gilera Gaucho

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Gilera had a licensing partnership with a manufacturing plant in Argentina that produced bikes under two different names – Gilera and Gina, a combination of GIlera and ArgentiNA. It combined “Italy’s finest design engineers and the genius of Argentina’s master craftsmen.” One of their models was the Gaucho, and this one has somehow made its way to the US.

It’s powered by a 202cc motor, though the motor in this example (VIN: 6901011) has been bored out to 215cc. Per the seller, this machine was built in Argentina and sold in 1970 to minibike manufacturer Rupp Industries at the Miami Motorcycle Show. That hopefully explains why it’s called a Rupp Speedway on the Ohio title, as that seems a bit odd to me.

The seller notes that it has a new Mikuni carb but the original Amal 622 carb/air filter is included, as is a new shouldered alloy wheel. Per this Instagram post, this Gaucho ran the Giro di California in 2018. Find this Gaucho for sale in Vista, California with an unmet opening bid of $2,500 here on eBay.

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