Founded in the late 1890s, Bianchi made little impact outside Italy before WW2. In the post-war period, the company's road range consisted mainly of lightweights, the mainstay of production being 175cc models like the Sandro Colombo-designed Tonale. Styled as only the Italians know how and featuring a unitary construction overhead-cam engine, duplex loop frame, and full-width alloy hubs, the Tonale must have seemed years in advance of its British contemporaries. This Bianchi racer is based on the broadly similar '203' model. Purchased in a dismantled state, it has been the subject of ongoing restoration and is described as in generally good condition (the megaphone silencer is still to be fitted). There are no documents with this Lot.