Italian Motorcycles

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Motorcycles Built in Italy

Notes on some of the rarer Italian marques

This page lists brands for which we currently have only an historical precis. For a more complete listing visit the Italian Index.

See also Obscure Italian Marques.


Abarth 1930s

Manufactured in Turin in 1950, this was powered by a Piaggio engine, alloy bodywork, 12 x 3.00 wheels.

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Nicola Pozio established Adiva in July of 1996. He formed an agreement with Benelli, and the first Adiva was displayed at the Milan motorcycle show in 2000 as the Benelli Adiva. A new range was introduced in 2007 under the Adiva brand brand.

The site has more information.

Sources:, Wikipedia, et al


Adriatica 1973-89

Albertazzi 1945-1967

All Cars 1974~1989


Situated in Passignano, Trasimeno, the firm was best known as an aircraft manufacturer. They built the Freccia AZ 150cc from 1951 to 1953, one of which is displayed in the Sciarpetti collection.

See Freccia-Azzurra

Aquila (Rome)

The Aquila name was used by Luigi Monteverdi & C. of Rome Between 1953 and 1955 (1) they built motorcycles with SOHC engines of 175 cc and 160 cc in Turismo, Sport Lusso and Gran Sport versions.

The project engineer Ferruccio Fortina Piacenza worked for some years with Count Boselli at Mondial,

Moto Aquila participated in endurance races including the Motogiro of Italy and the Milan-Taranto race.

Notes 1. Possibly 1954-1958. 2. See also Aquila Marques


Arcellis & Tarditi
Company formed in 1952 in Borgomanero, 60 km northwest of Milan.
Their 125cc two-stroke engines were employed by Aldbert in 1954
Sources: Moto di Lombardia,

The chassis for these were manufactured by Italtelai, engines were Franco Morini.
Models included Arciero Eagle, Hawk II, 1978/78 Sea Gull
Sources:, et al.


In the early 1950s Giuseppe Ariasi of Mandelo del Lario built motocarri and tipper trucks based on the Moto Guzzi Ercole, and possibly others.

Source: Contemporary advertising and catalogues.

Augusto Bonori
Manufactured in Bologna, in Via Gastone Rossi 13 (formerly Via Rodi), in the Cirenaica district.
A manufacturer of motorcycle tanks, it appears he also assembled motorcycles. Photographs show a mid-fifties style light motorcycle with a Sterzi engine.


Automirage 1976-1987

Autozodiaco 1968-1981

Rarer Italian Marques