1960 DEMM 50cc Lusso Sports Special
Engine no. 201409
A manufacturer of gears, machine tools and measuring instruments, Milan-based DEMM diversified into motorcycle production after WW2, and is best remembered for its fast and stylish mopeds and lightweights. In the 1950s the company held many world speed records in the 'tiddler' classes, and in 1961 one of its twin-cam racers won the Italian 50cc Championship. The company began by making proprietary engines before launching its first complete machine the Dik Dik moped in 1956. While most of DEMM's proprietary engines and smaller models were two-strokes, it also built overhead-camshaft four-strokes in capacities of up to 175cc alongside a range of three-wheeled delivery trucks. DEMM's mopeds were widely exported to other parts of Europe and to North America, and sold well despite quirky model names such as 'Smily' and 'Ping-Pong'. Production of DEMM motorcycles ceased in the mid-1980s. We are advised that this DEMM ultra-lightweight was converted to racing specification in Italy before being restored by the late Glyn Davies of Tenterden, Kent, who exhibited it at various classic motorcycle shows. However, the engine is stamped 'DEMM G.B. TUNED 50cc', which suggests that the conversion may have been carried out in this country. The machine comes with a file of information.