c.1958 Maserati 50cc Model 50/T2/SS
Frame no. 213
Engine no. 1164
Contrary to popular belief, Maserati motorcycles were not manufactured at the eponymous car-maker's Modena factory but by another subsidiary of the Orsi Group parent company - Fabbrica Candele e Accumulatori Maserati (FCAM) - which manufactured spark plugs and other automotive electrical components. Demand for two-wheeled transportation was booming in post-WW2 Italy, a state of affairs that FCAM decided to exploit by purchasing Italmoto, a small independent motorcycle manufacturer in Bologna, in 1953. Production was transferred to FCAM's factory in Modena and the company reconstituted as Maserati Candele, Accumulatori e Moto, producing Italmoto's existing designs initially before a range of new Maserati-designed models came on stream. Motorcycles soon became MCAM's most important products, in particular the 50cc machines of which there were four ranging from a ladies-framed moped to the Tipo 50/T2/SS sports model nicknamed 'Rospo' (Toad). Maserati motorcycles were one of the casualties of the Orsi Group's financial meltdown at the end of the 1950s, MCAM being placed in liquidation in 1960.
Restored circa 2002/2003, this beautiful Maserati '50' was purchased from Registro Storico Moto Maserati Italia of Bologna, Italy. Recently ridden on a private road, but only in 1st gear, the machine is described by the vendor as in 'superb' condition.
- We have been informed by the vendor that this machine is a replica of a Model 50/T2/SS