1959 Moto Guzzi Cardellino 75


The Cardellino was a small single-cylinder, 2-stroke motorcycle produced by Moto Guzzi from 1954 until 1962. Two-strokes did not feature in the Moto Guzzi range until after WW2 when the extraordinarily successful Motoleggera 65 put a whole generation of Italians on two wheels. A larger version of this air-cooled rotary-valve single – the 98cc Zigolo – first appeared at the Milan Show in 1953 alongside the Cardellino, which was a development of the original Motoleggera, retaining the 64cc engine of its predecessor while benefiting from a new, stronger frame. Early in 1956, the Cardellino was updated with a telescopic fork and full-width alloy hubs and later that same year a 73cc version was announced. Further developed and enlarged (to 83cc) the Cardellino remained in production until 1965. Like most Italian lightweights, the Cardellino was light-years in advance of its British contemporaries, being reliable, comfortable and endowed with excellent road holding and handling despite rather crude suspension.

The Cardellino 75, with the 73cc engine such as the one offered today, was produced in 1959. This Cardellino is very original with a stylish weathered patina befitting its years. The bike runs and selects all gears and with slight attention could be made into a very rideable classic, perfect for Italian events such as the Moto Giro or Milano Taranto. Offered for sale with UK V5C registration.

Charming, affordable and so much style even today….We love the little Cardellino!