Giovanni Parrilla bought a Norton Manx in 1946, took it apart, measured and studied it, then reassembled it and sold it. This began the Parilla Motorcycles brand. One of his bikes won a local race, and a man attempted to purchase the bike on the spot. While Parrilla denied the man’s offer, he promised the man the next bike he planned on rebuilding. Until 1964, Parilla produced over 150 different models.