Shortly after World War 2, Spaniard Giovanni Parrilla (two ‘r’s) ran a diesel pump repair and spark plug wholesale business in Milan. Obsessed with motorcycles and racing he acquired a Manx Norton, not to race, but to dismantle, measure and study. Along with employee Guiseppe Salmaggi, the pair soon set to work on the first Parilla prototype – a low-compression (due to the low-octane fuel available) 250 single with a gear-drive cam.
Progress was swift; a 250 Sportster road bike and Corsa racer were introduced in the late 1940s, as was a newly designed 250 Bialbero version. With exports of larger four-strokes to the USA and volume sales of small capacity two-stroke Parillas to the Italian market, business was booming and Parilla expanded into a major concern.
This Parilla 250 SS was restored two years ago and it’s in beautiful condition. Powered by a single-cylinder 2-stroke rotary valve twin-spark engine, it features an Earles front fork with oval tubing (as per the factory Parilla racers), alloy rims, large diameter brakes and many other racing parts. It’s likely that this is a privately-built one-off for participation in the Italian road races of the day such as the Milano-Taranto and Giro d’Italia.