Unlike other Italian manufacturers during the post-war period Gilera’s production focused on single-cylinder 125 and 150cc 4-stroke machines, and these enjoyed good commercial success. By the mid 1950s the moped sector could no longer be overlooked, but as Gilera had built its reputation on 4-stroke bikes it intended to continue in similar vein with its mopeds.
A prototype was presented in 1956, but it didn’t reach production. Then, from the end of 1962 Gilera produced the 4-stroke Vespa-style G50 scooter with forced air cooling. The G50 remained in production for a little over three years, and was also made in 80cc guise.
By 1964 the firm had relented and presented a small proprietry-engined 2-stroke step-thru called the Gilly, but toward the end of the year the Cadet appeared and it was powered by the G50’s 4-stroke motor. Although a conventional motorcycle in almost all respects, the Cadet’s engine was fully enclosed. It remained in production until the beginning of 1968 but the Cadet’s scooter/motorcycle hybrid styling wasn’t a big success and consequently the Cadet is now a rare machine.
Having been part of an important collection of 50cc machines in Italy, the Gilera 50 Cadet for sale here is well preserved and in very good condition. A good opportunity to acquire a rare and charming little bike from one of the most revered Italian makers.