c.1953 Moto Guzzi Motoleggera 65
Frame no. C-18431694
Engine no. C-18431694
Two-strokes did not feature in the Moto Guzzi range until after WW2 when the extraordinarily successful Motoleggera 65 - known initially as the Guzzino - put a whole generation of Italians on two wheels. As Italy emerged from the chaos of war, the insatiable demand for basic transportation was met by cyclemotors, scooters and lightweight motorcycles. Introduced in 1946, the Motoleggera was by far the most successful of the latter, selling by the tens of thousands. This modest ultra-lightweight was powered by a 64cc disc-valve two-stroke engine, which drove via an integral three-speed gearbox and was carried in a simple tubular spine frame boasting swinging-arm rear suspension and blade-type girder forks. A right-first-time design, the Motoleggera changed little over the next eight years, improvements being confined to the addition of a horn, modified silencer, stronger swinging arm and a switch to cast-iron for the cylinder barrel. We are advised that this matching-numbers example has been totally restored.