Donnino Rumi’s company manufactured diminutive submarines and torpedoes during World War II, but after the cessation of hostilities turned to the issues of getting Italy moving again, and like many manufacturers of the time, his company designed and built very effective lightweight motorcycles.
Introduced in 1950, the 125cc Turismo was their first effort, powered by their signature parallel-twin mounted horizontally. This versatile engine powered all iterations of the Rumi in standard, sport and competizione tune.
The 1956 Moto Rumi offered here, hails from a substantial collection of Italian 2, 3 and 4 wheeled machinery. The all-correct 125cc bike presents well in an older restored condition, which is holding up very well. The bike starts easily, runs well and is a pleasure to ride. Quite a rarity in the U.S. this would make an interesting talking point for any collection.