The Ceccato name is certainly a rare one in motorcycle manufacture. The company was founded in 1948 by pharmacist Pietro Ceccato with the introduction of the 38cc, and then 48cc Romeo moped, before developing a range of well-made, distinctly Italian lightweight motorcycles. Originally working from premises at Montecchio Maggiore and then Alte Ceccato near Vicenza in northern Italy, an overhead-camshaft engine designed by the legendary Fabio Taglioni, who would be responsible for Ducati’s desmodromic valve system, a 75cc Ceccato won its class in the 1955 Moto Giro d’Italia. That engine, Taglioni’s first, brought him to the attention of Ducati, joining the company in 1954.
The Ceccato on offer here hails from a very substantial Northern California collector and is fine condition. Purchased from Teodoro Galellu of Southern California in 2014, who restored the bike in the early 2000s, having visitied the Ceccato factory sites and the museum, garnering expert opinion from engineers, retired from the company. The bike was displayed at the Del Mar Concours, Huntington Beach Concours with success. As an older restoration it has held up exceptionally well, and although generally in excellent condition, it is not perfectly fresh. On static display for a few years, the bike will need the usual re-commissioning before returning to safe road use.
Sold on a clean, clear California title with period photos, parts catalogue, etc.