1948 Moto Guzzi 65cc Motoleggera “Guzzino”
Engine no. 10791
Frame no. 10791
The first two-strokes produced by Moto Guzzi didn’t appear until after WW2, in a bid to “get Italy moving, again” during the post-war economic turmoil. Their first foray in to 2-strokes was the hugely successful Motoleggera 65, which became known affectionally as the ‘Guzzino’. Introduced in 1946, the Motoleggera sold 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. Produced for the next eight years, very little changed in the design, improvements being the addition of a horn, modified silencer, stronger swinging arm and a switch to cast-iron for the cylinder barrel.
The matching numbers ’48 Guzzino offered here, features several options and period accessories, available at the time– speedometer, exhaust, conversion from the right-side hand shifter and high compression cylinder head. The bike features the earlier 1947 painted rims.
In fantastically original condition, the bike was recently serviced and runs well. A fantastic little machine, and an enviable addition to any collection.