c.1950 Mosquito/Eusebi 38cc Cyclemotor Frame no. none visible Engine no. none visible

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Lot 514N
c.1950 Mosquito/Eusebi 38cc Cyclemotor
Frame no. none visible Engine no. none visible

Sold for £ 2,070 (US$ 2,669) inc. premium
c.1950 Mosquito/Eusebi 38cc Cyclemotor
Frame no. none visible
Engine no. none visible
The late 1940s and early 1950s were austere times in Europe, where a populace worn down by six years of war was eager to get its hands on any kind of motorised transport, no matter how modest. This period was the cyclemotor's heyday, one of the most successful designs being the Mosquito, which was produced by the famous Garelli factory in Italy. Described by a contemporary road tester as 'an attractive little power unit that can be fitted in a few minutes to any standard bicycle', the first Mosquito was fixed to the bicycle frame beneath the bottom bracket and drove the rear wheel by means of a friction roller. The top speed of a Mosquito-equipped bicycle was reckoned to be around 20mph. Apparently restored, this Mosquito-powered Eusebi bicycle is offered for re-commissioning. There are no documents with this Lot.

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