Thursday, December 15, 2011

MP5 Paperino 1943

Towards the end of the Second World War, Enrico Piaggio was driven to start up production again by the idea of offering the widest possible market low-cost product. And, with this in mind, the factory at Biella produced a motor-scooter (1943-1944).

This prototype, designed by the engineer Renzo Spolti and coded MP5 (Moto Piaggio 5), was christened "Paperino", which means "Donald Duck", by the workers.   But Enrico Piaggio didn’t like it, and passed the job over to Corradino D’Ascanio to review the project and build something different, more advanced both technically and stylistically.

However, before evolving into the Vespa, about one hundred Paperinos were produced, which are today highly prized by collectors.

Engine: Two-stroke single cylinder Bore: 50 mm Stroke: 50 mm Displacement: 98 cc Gearbox: Continuous speed-variator Transmission: chain or cardan Top speed: 60 km/h Suspension: 2 tubular holders with springs Brakes: drum Tires: 4.00-10 source :


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