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Nibbio Scooters

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A Brief History of the Marque

Manufactured: 1946-1953

The first Italian post-war scooter, the machine was built from 1949 to 1953 by San Cristoforo of Milan using a two-stroke engine of 98cc in a tubular frame. Initially built by Gianca of Monza, the Nibbio - meaning "Kite" in English - was designed by Scarpa, who also designed the Iso scooter.

In 1949 manufacture passed to San Cristoforo who developed a new two-stroke 125cc engine with disc valves.

In 1952, a restyled version was announced as the Simonetta.

Sources: MC Storico Conti,, et al.

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