Italian Motorcycles

Motorcycles Built in Italy (V-Z)

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.

Vaghi 1920s

Manufactured by Società Industrie Officine Veggetti, 1941~c.1955
Address: Via D. Calvart 4, Bologna

Born in 1904, Carlo Veggetti, former head of the turning department at SASIB, in 1941 founded with Vincenzo Mignani the firm Costruzioni Meccaniche Mignani, in Via D. Calvart. Those premises became the headquarters of the Società Industrie Officine Veggetti, established in 1946, with Veggetti as President. In the following years, employing about 15 people, they produced components for SASIB and the Boselli brothers. They built telescopic forks and 75cc engines for motorcycles. These engines were designed by Veggetti and around 7 or 8 units were produced each week. They were supplied to several motorcycle manufacturers including Cimatti, Invicta and Müller. There were other engines including a 125 of which little is known.

Carlo Veggetti died in 1955 and the firm ceased activity.

Source: Museo del Patrimonio Industriale, Bologna

Verona 1970s & 80s Motocross


Motocicli Giovanni Francesconi of Padua (Padova) built lightweight motorcycles powered by Villiers 98cc and 123cc engines.


Manufactured by Amleto Villa of Strada Maggiore 10, Bologna, c.1953 to c.1959.

Established before 1928, Amleto Villa built and sold bicycles, accessories and spare parts. The young Marco Cimatti won a Gold Medal on a Villa bicycle at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932. After the war, Villa built mopeds; at least one type in 1953 and two others released in 1959. Competition from larger manufacturers made it impossible to compete, and moped construction ceased. Villa continued with his bicycle business.

The marque is unrelated to that of Walter Villa

Source: Museo del Patrimonio Industriale, Bologna

VOR Motori, Ronco Briantino, Milan
Associated with the Vertemati brothers, the firm built large capacity motocross and enduro machines. The brand was acquired by Mondial.


Ascanio Rodorigo was a member of the Bimota race team, working with Massimo Tamburini on projects which included the Tesi. Rodorigo left Bimota to form his own company, and the Vyrus is the result. It is widely regarded as one of finest sports machines ever built.




Manufactured in Almenno San Bartolomeo, Bergamo, 2004-2007

With extensive use of carbon fibre and light alloy, the 450 MX1 model appeared in motocross events and in the Supermoto World Championship.




Manufactured by Officine Meccaniche Zanzi of Ivrea, Torino, 1953 to 1956

This was a moped named "Piviere" with a 49 cc twostroke engine mounted below the pedals. It had rigid rear and pressed metal parallelogram forks.

Source: OTTW

N.B. Another source gives dates of 1953-1960.


Built in in Genova by Fillipo Zoppoli between 1948 and 1954 (1) the Zeta was more of a scooter than a motorcycle due to its quite small wheels. It was powered by Ducati two-strokes and later by engines from MV Agusta.


Motopiccola Z48, Ducati 48 cc 2T engine, 2 speed, 2.50 x 13" tyres, max speed 50 km/h
Motozeta 60 Ducati engine, 3-speed
Z46 MV Agusta engine

N.B. 1. Another source gives dates of 1947 to 1952

Sources:, et al

Rarer Italian Marques