Moto Guzzi Motorcycles

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Moto Guzzi Hispania

Manufactured by Óscar Ravá, a Fiat director who fled Italy to escape the fascists during WWII. He established a Lancia dealership in Barcelona where he also marketed Rabasa bicycles. In 1948 he entered the motorcycle field, and with his previous experience created a considerable impact.

An arrangement with Moto Guzzi enabled his firm to manufacture the Italian motorcycles in Spain. He outsourced component manufacture to several reputable firms including the well-established Rabasa (frames) and another from the aviation sector.

The first machine was the Guzzi 65, which did rather well. They sold 100,000 of these. It was followed by the Guzzi 98, also very successful, and numerous others including the Dingo range.

The relationship with Moto Guzzi Italy ended in 1979 and the following year the firm became Motorhispania.


La Moto Guzzi aveva una fabbrica in Spagna da cui sono usciti 5 modelli di motocicletta.

Moto Guzzi 65 cc, tipo Guzzino, fabricato con caratteristiche simili anche in Argentina

Moto Guzzi 49 cc, tipo Guzzino con cilindrata ridotta per adeguarso al C. della Strada spagnolo del '52

Moto Guzzi 73 cc: tipo Cardellino

Moto Guzzi Z98: tipo Zigolo 98

Moto Guzzi 110 cc: tipo Zigolo 110

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Moto Guzzi had a factory in Spain which produced five different models.

Moto Guzzi 49 cc, Guzzino type with reduced displacement to adapt to the Spanish C. della Strada of '52

  • 49cc (Guzzino 49 ES)
  • Moto Guzzi 65 cc, Guzzino type, manufactured with similar characteristics also in Argentina

  • 65cc (Guzzino 65 ES)
  • Moto Guzzi 73 cc: Cardellino type

    Moto Guzzi Z98: Zigolo 98 type

  • Z98 (Zigolo 98 ES)
  • Moto Guzzi 110 cc: type Zigolo 110

  • Zigolo 110 (ES)
  • History

    In 1943 they began to develop the Moto Guzzi 65cc. The intention was to make an economical bike for the post war years and after many meetings and tests in late 1944 the machine began began to take shape. In mid-1945 the first prototype left the factory for road tests. After several months of testing, the final versisón was ready to appear in April 1946. It was very well received by riders, even abroad, for example in 1948 15-20 units were sent twice a month to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The good performance of exports made ​​the definitive step for Spanish manufacturing under license 65 Guzzi Moto Guzzi Italy. For fabrication of the mechanical part an agreement was reached with ISA (Industry Subsidiaries Aviation) in Seville and the chassis (chassis, forks and sheet metal parts) were to be produced by Rabasa Mollet ( Barcelona). Withe the participation of these two companies the first Moto Guzzi Hispania appeared in August 1949, with some differences to the Italian model. The first units were sold at a price of 10,000 pesetas, with the price remaining unchanged until mid-1958 when it was raised to 11,700 pesetas. in his fifteen years in the market it never exceeded the 15,500 pesetas. In March 1950 the contract with the firm Rabasa came to an end (the contract was for only 1000 units), and they were replaced by Emtisa (metal stampings Tis, Sociedad Anonima) the only difference being the number of the frame.

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