Italian Motorcycles

Today in Motorcycle History

Motorcycles Built in Italy (P)

Notes on some of the rarer Italian marques

This page lists brands for which limited information is available. For a more complete listing visit the Italian Index.

See also Obscure Italian Marques.


Antonio Passarin of Milano built a 3-wheeled microcar named the Minima in 1935. It was powered by a 120cc Sertum Batua two-stroke engine.

Later in 1935 Passarin designed a speedboat which launched torpedoes, and there is a patent in his name from 1926 describing a rubber mounting block similar in concept to the Silentbloc.

Sources:, et al


Built in 1891 by Enrico Pecori, the steam tricycle was powered by a flat twin-cylinder engine with chain drive to the rear wheels. It includes the definitive components of steam vehicles, with "gas compression to more than 7 atmospheres, flexible and light steering, front engine and propulsion by chain transmission, spoked wheels surrounded by a rubber tire..."


Folding scooterette with 50cc CR Motori Italia. Manufacturer unknown

Manufactured by Luigi Piermattei, who had been the accountant for Merlonghi of Tolentino. When it closed he took over the company and in 1927 began production, under the PL brand, of the same 98cc and 132cc models. The new machines were somewhat refined but maintained the appearance of the Merlonghi. Later he fitted Train engines from France. The venture came to a halt at the onset of the depression, in 1929.
Sources: Benelli Museum,

Designed and built by Giuseppe Trubiani of Villa Potenza (Macerata) in the 1950s using JLO two-stroke engines. He only made two.
Source: Benelli Museum


Built in San Polo d'Enza by Roberto Manfredini, these motocross machines were initially fitted with an experimental Mac Minarelli engine and later with with 250cc Tau engines. They were early adopters of monoshock suspension.

Source: Moto Cross e Regolarità d'Epoca (M.C.R.E) FB Group

Rarer Italian Marques