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Italian Motorcycles

Schneller-Fuchs Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Italian Marque
Manufactured 1953-1957* by Tappella-Fuchs

Tappella-Fuchs moto d'epoca

Contrariamente a quanto taluni credono la Fuchs è una marca italianissima che aveva sede a Milano prima in via Curio Dentato 5 e poi in via Giambellino. La ragione sociale era Fuchs del comm. Gino Tappella.

La ditta era specializzata nella costruzione di biciclette e, negli anni Cinquanta, allargo' la propria attività ai ciclomotori e motoleggere vendute col marchio Fuchs Schneller (volpe veloce).

Proprio a causa del marchio si sono creati equivoci sulla nazionalita' tanto che, in alcune pubblicazioni, si attribuisce alla Fuchs nazionalita' austriaca.

La produzione comprende i ciclomotori Stambecco costruiti in diversi modelli: Turismo a due o tre marce, Gran Sport, Sprint con pedali, Sprint senza pedali e altri, oltre ad un ciclocarro.

La Fuchs propone anche gli scooter Mod.14 Carenato 50, Mod. 18 Campagnola 50, Gazzella 75 e lo strano Moto-Scooter Gran Sport equipaggiato con motore Jlo 125 presentato nel gennaio del 1952.

Vi sono anche le motoleggere Moscardino 125 e la 160 nelle versioni Roma, Roma Sport, Valdarno e SS, tutte con motore a due tempi costruito dalla bolognese FBM.

È stata anche realizzata una 175 modello Competizione che insieme al Moscardino 125 era stata presentata al Salone del Ciclo e Motociclo di Milano nel 1954 come si legge sul numero 48 di Motociclismo di quell'anno.

Particolarmente aggressivo il look del modello 175 Competizione con serbatoio fortemente sagomato, impianto di scarico definito a "trombone strozzato" e forcella anteriore Earles, forcella dello stesso tipo era montata anche sul ciclomotore Stambecco Gran Sport.

Per i ciclomotori venivano usati i motori MAV e NSV, quest'ultimo costruito a Bologna dalla Nanni Società Velomotori che aveva trasformato il motore ausiliario Grillo con trasmissione a rullo di aderenza, costruito dalla ditta Marzocchi, dotandolo di cambio a due marce e trasmissione finale a catena.


Tappella Fuchs was a Milan-based company established by Giovanni Tappella which produced mopeds and lightweights in the early 1950s.

Their range included 50cc, 75cc and 125cc machines with engines from FBM, JLO, MAV and two-speed NSV auxilliary motors. The MAV and NSV engines were used on their mopeds.

Models: Campagnola 50, Gazzella 75, Gran Sport JLO 125 scooter (1952), Moscardino 125 and 160cc in version Roma, Roma Sport, Valdarno and SS. A 175cc Competizione was revealed at the Milan Show of 1954 with Earles fork.

Their machines were marketed under the Schneller Fuchs brand. A new Italian headquarters was established in Milan and the company name was Fuchs del comm. Gino Tappella.

The company specialized in the manufacture of bicycles and, in the 1950s, included mopeds and light motorcycles in their product range with the brand Fuchs Schneller.

As the name has a Germanic ring to it there have been misconceptions about nationality with the result that, in some publications, it is confused with the Austrian Fuchs marque.

Production included Ibex mopeds built in different versions : Turismo with two or three gears, Grand Sport, Sprint moped, Sprint (without pedals) and others, in addition to a Ciclocarro utility.

The Fuchs also offered Mod.14 scooters, Mod 18 Campagnola 50, 75 Gazelle and an unusual motorcycle-scooter hybrid, the Gran Sport powered by a 125 JLO engine. This machine was announced in January of 1952.

There were also the lightweight Moscardino 125 and 160 versions in Rome, Rome Sport, Valdarno and SS, all with two-stroke engines built by FBM of Bologna.

A 175cc model along with the Competition Moscardino 125 was presented at the Milan Show in 1954, and are noted in Motociclismo number 48 of that year.

Particularly the aggressive look of the model 175 Competition with strongly contoured tank, exhaust system defined "trombone strangled" and Earles forks, which were was also fitted to Ibex Gran Sport moped.

The mopeds used engines from MAV and NSV, the latter built in Bologna by Nanni Societa Velomotor that had turned the Grillo auxiliary motor with drive roller grip, manufactured by Marzocchi, fitted with two-speed gearbox and and chain drive to the rear wheel.

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Sources: Moto di Lombardia, Henshaw
*1953-1957 Henshaw.



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