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Sterzi was in the motorcycle business prior to WWII, and manufactured engines and complete motorcycles from 1947 to 1959.
Originally from Palazzolo sull'Oglio, near Brescia, Vittorio Sterzi with his sons Aldo, Rodolfo and Joseph ran a business selling Dei and Bianchi motorcycles, as well as bicycles. They also manufactured parts for 98cc and 125cc Sachs engines.
Aldo Sterzi had gained considerable mechanical knowledge during the war and applied this to the business. By 1949 the business had moved to Brescia and was in full swing, offering Turismo, Turismo Lusso and Sport models capable of up to 90kph.
In 1954 the model range included 175cc four-strokes in modern frames with suspension front and rear, well-received by both press and public. Their engines were being used by other manufacturers including Frera, Benotto, Girardengo and Bonvicini, and by 1958 they were building German Hirth twostrokes under licence. That same year they produced a scooter and a three-wheeler of 160cc. Exports were booming, with machines going as far afield as Mexico and Argentina.
They were very active in motor sports and gained success in the Valli Bergamasche, the Giro Motociclistico d’Italia and the Coppa Augusta, competing against the likes of MV Agusta and Gilera.
Later engines included a 3-speed two-stroke 125cc Tourist model, and from the same period a 125cc SS with four speeds and increased horsepower.
Sterzi President 175cc
1954 Sterzi Cross 175cc twostroke
1954 Sterzi 49cc 4 speed gearbox
The machines are prized by collectors and now command quite respectable prices.
Sources: collezionipedrali.it et al.
Fri May 27 2011
STERZI PRESIDENT 175cc
Hi, looking for infos regarding Sterzi President 175cc. Would you help me?
Italian or english it doesn't matter.
Thank you in advance!
Fri May 21 2010
STERZI HISTORICAL REGISTRY (and collection
To all Sterzi lovers here is the link to the historical Sterzi Registry:
Sterzi at Bikelinks
Tue Jun 19 2007
glynis at veo.co.za
Hi. I am also looking for info on the 2-stroke 50cc Sterzi. circa late
'50's early 60's. Any info? Thanks Glynis
Cape Town South Africa
October 7, 2001
I am looking for information on Sterzi motorbikes. Can you help me? -- Thank you -- Bruno DeMay -- b.demay at libertysurf.fr
June 20, 2001
I'm looking for information and pictures about STERZI-Motorcycles 125cc and 250cc from about 1955, hope that someone can help me thanks. -- brummy at mailcity dot com
September 14, 2000
I am looking for information on Sterzi motorbikes. Specifically a 65cc model. Can You help?
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