At age 22, Adalberto Garelli received a degree in engineering and dedicated his work to developing and perfecting the two-stroke engine for Fiat.
Garelli quit in 1911 due to Fiat's lack of enthusiasm for the two-stroke engine. He continued his own engine design between 1911 and 1914 which resulted in designs which had a major impact both in racing and further motor development.
Garelli worked for other motorcycle manufacturers from 1914 to 1918 during which time he won a competition organized by the Royal Italian Army to design a motorcycle with which he used his split-single engine.
In 1919, he constructed a motorcycle which set a long distance record from Milan to Naples. Rider Ettore Girardi covered the 840 km (520 mi) with an average of 38.29 km/h (24 mph).
Many famous Italian racers began their racing careers on Garelli bikes. The company also produced motorcycles for the Royal Italian Army.
After World War II, Garelli concentrated on producing smaller bikes and mopeds for the European market which was booming with all sorts of small motorized and non-motorized means of transportation for the growing middle class.
One of their bestsellers was the Garelli Mosquito motor. First introduced as a 38.5cc model, it was soon to be superseded by the incredibly popular 38B model with 49cc.
The motor could be ordered as a kit which was then fittet on many types of mopeds. But Garelli also offered the full built solution as a complete bike, and this is, what we are presenting here: A complete Mosquito moped from the mid 1950s
The motor can be started by pedaling but if necessary, you could as well switch the motor off and just ride on.
Our frame is basically a very strong bicycle construction. Also the headset is the same type which can be found on bicycles of the same age.
The fork is equipped with a swing suspension and has a typical 1950s design which is continued by the large mudguards. In the capsuled container under the comfy front-swing saddle you can store technical paperwork or a spare inner tube.
Talking about technical details: the 49ccm two-stroke motor is running on a 20:1 mixture, giving you that typical nostalgic smell which catapults you back into a bygone era: a turn on the gas lever, lower the motor roller onto the rear tire, a kick in the pedals and the motor of this time machine starts instantly.
Everything on the Mosquito has been checked and is working fine, from the motor, to the lights and the drum brakes. Even the buzzer is working excellently.
If you would like to be the new owner of this fabulous Bianchi, then please contact us for shipping information!
Used. The bike is in good condition. The frame has no cracks, no dents and is not bent. Paintwork has been refurbished. Parts have been checked and are working properly.
Frame & Fork
NOS cork ribbon
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