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FM Molteni Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Italian Marque

In the years 1925 to 1930, Officine Meccaniche Fratelli Molteni in Erba, near Como, built motorcycles using an aluminium alloy frame fitted with 350cc and 500cc engines sourced from MAG of Switzerland and Bradshaw (GB). The forks and guards were also of alloy, apparently.

One of their logos consisted of three superimposed letters M representing Moto Molteni MAG. Postwar, the logo was a simple FM, with the right leg of the M rounded below.

After a hiatus of over 20 years, in 1950 production resumed at a new location, in Milan, with an alloy-framed 125cc scooter, the three-speed T.50 with handlebar gearchange and chain drive. A second model, the T.52 was similar but with improved styling and performance.

Sources: Moto di Lombardia, Henshaw, Tragatsch,

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