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Piatti Scooter at the Morbidelli Museum, Italy

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Designed by Vincenzo Piatti, his prototype scooter was shown at the 1952 Brussels Motor Show. Two companies licensed production, starting in 1954 - D'leteren in Belgium and Cyclemaster (later Britax) in the UK. Piatti was heavily involved in overseeing the D'leteren production which used German Sachs 125cc engines & Italian pressed metal bodywork. Only 800 were built. Cyclemaster sub contracted their manufacturing out, only assembling the parts themselves. The engine was made in-house. 14,000 were built. 4.75hp at 4750rpm. 81kg. 75kph. Photographed in Pesaro, Italy. 2011. Morbidelli Museum.

An exhibit at the Morbidelli Museum

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