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Carniti Motorcycles and Scooters

A Brief History of the Marque

Manufactured: 1953-1954, Oggiono (Como)

The company attended the 1953 Salone del Motociclo di Milano where it displayed the Automotoscooter Bersagliera 200, designed by Pietro Vassena. It was fitted with a three-cylinder engine housed in a pressed-metal frame, with bodywork by Ghia.

Another of his designs of 1953 utilised a horizontally-opposed twin cylinder 150cc two-stroke engine mounted in an unconventional tubular frame. Named the Faro Girevole, the fuel tank extended ahead of the steering head to house the the headlight, quite similar in style to the 1955 Wooler. There was also a version with a 175cc flat twin and saddle tank housed in a tubular loop frame, with the model name La Bersagliera, and a four-stroke 120cc scooter named Speluzzi of 1951.

Vassena designed the engine used in the Amisa

Carniti was best known for their marine engines, particularly racing outboards which included a V-four. These too were designed by Vassena.

Sources: MC Storico Conti, Moto di Lombardia, et al.

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