from ebay auction
we have an
interesting rare piece of very significant US motorcyce
This is the number one bike of two that were built as the "Benelli
works flat track bikes" by Cosmopolitan Motors in 1971. The bike
ridden by Gene Hartline, whose name you can see on the rear swing arm.
Gene later went on to stunt riding and there is a photo below of him
doubling for Arny in the Terminator 1 movie, also a photo of him
pulling a superb wheelie on the Benelli and one of him racing in 1968.
Below is some of a brief editorial about this bike and Gene
the Cosmopolitan Motors Inc website under 'Joes
Pictures': The bike
would be an interesting addition to any collection of US race bikes.
The bike is as found and would benefit from a good freshen up to bring
it back to its former glory. Brief editorial from Cosmo motors follows,
you can see this on their website. Enjoy bidding on this rare
motorcycle, and make it one of the most unique additions to your race
bike collection. The value of rare racing bikes such as this is fast
escalating, they are few and far between and will never be made again.
We will crate and freight this interesting motorcycle almost anywhere
in the World FREE OF CHARGE as a bonus. Local destination arrival costs
still apply, about US$150.00 into the USA. Email direct for any further
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ahead of UK time. You may visit our website at classicstyle.com.au,
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From Cosmopolitan Motors Inc. website:
AMA Pro Flat Tracker Gene Hartline circa 1971 or
thereabouts. This is the 650 Tornado Works Benelli. Well it
actually a Works bike.Ya see it started here at the Enchanted Kingdome.
Benelli didn't put penny one into the project. Mr.Weiss decided to
on without them and built it. Gene Hartline, working
along with C.R. Axtell made the frame. It came together
with Joe Rottigni and the local racers then it went out to the west
coast and Gene and the Ax topped it off.
About this same time Benelli was being bought up
by De Tomaso. The T man wasn't big on the flat track deal " he was
telling Cosmo how to build it" and basically told them to stop.
went as far as to say the new 750 that was coming out soon would
much better platform, I'm not kiddin man.
Gene Ham and egged it as best he could but the
Italian stuff never really had anything on the big dirt
tracks at that
level. He won a few deals but the bike really didn't have the sand.
The bike was transformed into a hill climber for
a while and then I got it. I brought it back to it's original spec
ran it on the east coast . After a few years I sold it to Pete
Simmonds of OZ and I haven't seen it since. Update by us: (The
sold to the Keith Raper collection in Australia in the mid
it remained until his death, and the bike was recently put up for sale
at the 2005 Melbourne Motor Show Auction)
Gene Hartline went on to bigger and better
stuff. he became a stunt man and a stunt coordinator. Gene was
instrumental in gettin Debbie Evans and her Husband Lane
the stunt business. Debbie and Lane both rode for Cosmo. I believe
Debbie is the worlds top stunt woman at this time. And Lane is
with inventing lots of equipment for stunters to use and all 3 are
still at it now. You can see Gene's name in the credits of Arnolds
first Terminator flick. I think that was Gene on the
for the A-man shooting at the beautiful Linda Hamilton.