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Conti Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

Manufactured by Vittorio Conti (1901-1988) in the Chienti valley near Tolentino from 1926 to 1932.

After purchasing his partner De Stefani's share of the business known as D&C 1926, Vittorio Conti continued adding new models to the range using a Della Ferrera 125 two-stroke with bore and stroke of 36 x 60 mm, 3 HP, two-speed gearbox and a maximum speed 70-75 km/h.

Using the same engine the firm built a 1927 lightweight motorcycle named Balloon.

1928 saw the introduction of a motoleggera Baby (for ladies and clergy) and a lightweight motorcycle sidecar combination with the chair on the right.

In 1929 they introduced their KSS Super Sport, again with the reliable Della Ferrera 125cc two-stroke, and in 1930 a JAP SV 175cc Sport was added to the range.

In 1931 the Saetta Azzurra arrived in two versions, Turismo and Extra Lusso, with 3-speed unit-construction OHV Della Ferrera four-stroke engine (58×66mm), Bosch ignition, Gurtner carburetor, Druid forks, expanding brakes front and rear, chain drive and a top speed of over 90 km/h. All models remained in production until 1932 when the depression forced closure on the firm.

Sources: MC Storico Conti, et al.

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