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Torpado Motorcycles and Mopeds

A Brief History of the Marque
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Manufactured: 1950-1973
Via N. Tommaseo 55, Padova

Industria Cicli Torpado was founded in Padova in 1950 and specialized in manufacturing machines fitted with 32cc Mosquito, and 48cc and 74cc Minarelli two-stroke engines, many of which had quite distinctive and not unattractive styling. They also built bicycles.

In the 50s they offered the 48cc T48 Competitzione, a moped of quite sporty appearance with a nacelle fairing, hydraulic suspension front and rear, 3 speed gearbox, 18" wheels and a double cradle frame.

Production continued until the the mid-seventies, by which time trail bikes like the Squirrel were offered.

Sources: MC Storico Conti, Henshaw, et al.

N.B. Several other firms used variations of the brand name Torpado.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018
thomastodd28 at
Torpado Tor48 1962

Hello I have recently purchased torpado 48 moped,I wish to no more about the history of the moped,if you can help ,also if there are any spares available ,manuals, special, tools etc posters, just add to character of this little moped, does the factory still exist, regards Tom<
Thomas Todd
Eastyorkshire United Kingdom<
  • Google Maps shows the location, which may be the original factory building converted to an exhibition centre.

Mon Feb 06 2012
mcsn at
torpado 2 stroke 3 gear
Torpado 49cc
Is there any information available. Has any collector a picture of the bike?
Johannesburg South Africa

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