A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.
1962 Parilla 250 Gran Sport
Engine: Air-cooled single-cylinder 4-stroke
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power Rating: 21bhp @ 8,800rpm
Bore x Stroke: 68 x 68mm
Valves: Overhead, single-lobe cam with short push rods and rocker arms
Fuel System: Single 28mm Dell-Orto GP type carburetor
Suspension: Front Ceriani telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Top Speed: 110mph
Parilla was one of many small motorcycle manufacturers that sprung up after World War II. Parilla motorcycles were very well engineered with many innovative features, and before long many were modified for racing. Parilla also built GP race bikes, scooters and stationary engines. This Gran Sport has been restored with the exception of the gas tank, which is original. The color and striping on the Parilla Gran Sport are very similar to the Norton Manx racing model, evidence of Parilla's admiration for the marque. By 1967, with falling sales, Parilla discontinued motorcycle production.