CLASSIC ITALIAN MOTORCYCLES

Hear the roar of the Benelli Leoncino 125

Here is the Leoncino 125 by Benelli, the oldest motorbike manufacturer in Europe to still be in business today. The company was indeed founded in...

The MV Agusta 125 Racing, Italy’s champion

The MV Agusta 125 Racing was produced by the Lombard motorcycle brand in 1953, as a natural evolution of a model from the previous...

The Motom Delfino, a scooter for the Bar Sport

The Motom Delfino was presented at Milan’s Motor Show in 1950 as an agile means of transportation that could fall between a scooter and...

Parilla Slughi 99, slender and strong

Parilla, a motorcycle company based in Milan between 1946 and 1967, manufactured the Slughi 99 from 1957 to 1964. Presented at Milan’s Motor Show in...

Queen of speed: the Ducati 100 Siluro

In 1956, the Ducati 100 Siluro zoomed around the Monza circuit on a cloudy, fall Friday. The sharp, faired motorcycle designed by an aeronautical...

The winning style of the MV Agusta 750 S

Here is an MV Agusta 750 S, made in 583 units between 1970 and 1975 by the historical motorbike maker in Lombardy. The 750 S...

The Benelli Sport Special 250

Here is a wonderful Benelli Sport Special 250, made in 1972. Sport Special bikes were manufactured by the Pesaro-based company between 1968 and 1973. This...

The Gilera Rondine 500, unrivaled power

When it was first manufactured, the Gilera Rondine 500 was one of the most powerful bikes around, developing 87 hp at 9,000 rpm. It...

The Ducati 125 Bialbero: beautiful, with or without fairing

Here is a 1955 Ducati 125 Bialbero, manufactured by the Bologna-based company for a prototypes’ Grand Prix held that year. The model’s design was...

The Malanca “Testa Rossa” 50: internationally fast

Here is one of the small, fast scooters by Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer Malanca: a 1972 “Testa Rossa” 50, named in honor of the famous...

Motom 48, straight from the 1950s

Here is a Motom 48 from the second half of the 1950s, one of the models made by the Milanese factory of the same...

From rudeness to beauty: the Ducati 175 Sport

The Ducati 175 Sport was born out of an act of rudeness, which later turned out to be a blessing in disguise. What happened...

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Pietro Piffetti: the king of fine cabinetry

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Antonio Stradivari: the legend and myth of perfect sound

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