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1975 ‘Czech’ Minarelli 50 GP Restoration / Cole Mahlowitz


When Cole Mahlowitz bought the bike, it was listed as a 1975-model Czech Minarelli 50 GP — a 50cc two-stroke racer with a six-speed box, and a claimed output of 16 hp at 14,500 rpm. But when the bike arrived, he had to dig deeper. Because although the motor was undoubtedly a Minarelli unit, it strangely had CZ stamped in several places. The now-defunct Czech manufacturer CZ never built a 50cc GP racer, so Mahlowitz took to the internet to figure it out. Experts on European forums collectively believed the bike to be a pet project from an engineer who was originally part of Jawa’s racing department. And the AMK Pisarky Brno stickers suggested that it was likely raced at the Masaryk circuit in Pisarky, a suburb of Brno in the Czech Republic – via Bike EXIF

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