c.1952 Capriolo 75cc Sport Frame no. 08239 Engine no. 07465

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Lot 523N
c.1952 Capriolo 75cc Sport
Frame no. 08239 Engine no. 07465

Sold for £ 690 (US$ 889) inc. premium
c.1952 Capriolo 75cc Sport
Frame no. 08239
Engine no. 07465
Named after the roe deer, the Capriolo marque emerged in 1948 from the ashes of the giant Caproni group, formerly one of Italy's largest manufacturing concerns. Between the world wars, Caproni manufactured mostly bombers and light transport aircraft, and only turned to motorcycle production after WW2. The firm commenced two-wheeled production with a 50cc ultra-lightweight before swiftly moving on to a 75cc model, the Capriolo 75, which was notable for its use of a pressed-steel frame and an unusual four-stroke engine of the overhead 'face cam' type, which also featured a longitudinal (rather than transverse) crankshaft. Sports versions won their class in the 1954 Milan-Taranto and 1955 Giro Motociclistico d'Italia, proving the effectiveness of this seemingly eccentric design. A type rarely seen outside its native Italy, this incomplete Capriolo 75 is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed. The machine is offered with an old Italian registration document (1960).

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c.1952 Capriolo 75cc Sport Frame no. 08239 Engine no. 07465
c.1952 Capriolo 75cc Sport Frame no. 08239 Engine no. 07465
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