The agile Parilla 250 Grand Prix

Giovanni Parrilla – his name spelled with a double “r”, one of which he dropped to make his company’s brand name more euphonic – founded “Parilla” in Milan in 1946.

Parilla started as a fuel injector repair workshop, but created its first single-cylinder, 250cc motorcycle before the end of its first year of activity… on a bet. Parrilla – born in Longobucco, in the province of Cosenza, Calabria, in 1911 – won the bet, and started making one successful bike model after the other.

Here is the 1955 Parilla 250 Grand Prix, with the company’s agile greyhound leaping on its tank.

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March 11, 2014