Italian Motorcycles

Motorcycles Built in Italy

Notes on some of the rarer Italian marques

This page lists brands of which little historical information is currently available. For a more complete listing visit the Italian Index.


In the mid-1920s Carlo Abarth worked with Castagna designing motorcycle frames before becoming a professional motorcycle racer, winning the European Championship five times. He was also a keen sidecar rider, and famously raced and beat the Orient Express over a 1300km route from Vienna to Ostend. He was associated with Tazio Nuvolari and Ferdinand Porsche.
Abarth built at least one motorcycle with his own name on the tank.

Source: Italian Resources

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

Source: woiweb.com

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

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

Sources: myronsmopeds.com, et al.


The Ballanti brothers of Bologna were involved with Moto Gori, for whom they built fibreglass components. It is not known if they were responsible for the 1958 Minarelli-powered 50cc moped sold at auction in the Netherlands in 2007. These may also have been marketed as Ballant, with no i. The stylised swallow logo is very similar to that of Bruno Muller who was also based in Bologna at that time.
There was a moped powered by FB Minarelli in 1962.
There is a Roberto Ballanti associated with Ducati in the 1970s, a road racer.
Sources: motogori.it motoclub-tingavert.it et al.

Address: St. Antica Cavoretto, 25 10133 Torino
In 1976 they built off-road machines powered by 50cc Sachs and 125cc Hiro engines.
Source: Advertisement


Cariani Gimk
Manufactured in Reno Centenese (10 kilometers from both Bondeno and S. Agostino) in the province of Ferrara.
1960s to the early 1980s. Built a variety of models, mostly mopeds with single and 3-speed gearboxes, almost all with the GIMK marque (for gimkana, most likely) and Minarelli engines. Some were very sporty indeed.
Sources: passione50cc.forumfree.it, motoclub-tingavert.it

Manufactured 1930-1935
Used 98cc and 124cc Aubier-Dunne and Stainless engines
Source: Tragatsch

CCE Design
Trials machines designed and built by Emilio Carra
These were mostly unique machines hand-crafted using a variety of engines from Ossa, Gilera, and Moto Guzzi, and frames using specialist tubing from Mechanical Steel and Columbus.

Manufactured in Bolgna by M. Ceneri
Late 1940s to early 1950s, these were cyclemotors using Mosquito engines.
Cerbiatto = fawn
Sources: BuyVintage.com


From 1954 to 1957 the firm built 98cc ohv singles and also a 123cc vertical twin, along with a 49cc bicycle clipon engine.

Source: Tragatsch p113

De Stefani & Conti
Manufactured in the Chienti valley near Tolentino from 1923 to 1926, when Conti bought out his partner and changed the name to Conti.
D&C machines were mostly 175cc Motoleggera
Source: motoclubstoricoconti.it


1950-1954. Built 123c and 14cc lightweights using their own frames and JLO engines.
Source: Tragatsch p 135


The firm produced a 65cc scooter named Diano in 1951 with bodywork by Magni of Milan. Later models had 75cc engines, and they remained in production until 1954.

Source: motoclubstoricoconti.it (NIT)


Manufactured by Giorgio Valeri Alba 1924-1926, these were lightweight motorcycles with German OHV 198cc engines.
Source: motoclubstoricoconti.it


Folding scooterette with 50cc CR Motori Italia. Manufacturer unknown
Source: klaus-flechsig.de


Manufactured in the early 1950s, these were bicycle attachment engines.
They were also built under license in Denmark in 1954 BBE in Esbjerg.

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