Motorworld’s newspaper №74

In the end of 1930s, the Moto Guzzi company established strong business relationships with the Italian Army. Moto Guzzi trikes were popular among the military because of relatively low prices, good load-carrying ability and ride characteristics.

Moto Guzzi has reinvented a tricycle and designed half-dozen of various models from 1928 till the end of 1930s (Moto Guzzi Mototriciclo 32, Moto Guzzi Trialce, Moto Guzzi Mulo Meccanico, Moto Guzzi 600 U, etc.).

Moto Guzzi Mulo Meccanico from the «Motorworld by V.Sheynov» collection

Moto Guzzi Mototriciclo 32 from the «Motorworld by V.Sheynov» collection

Moto Guzzi E.R. produced from 1938 till 1942 became a great leap forward compared to previous models. Trike has got a brand new frame made of pressed steel. Rear wheel rims and their swinging arms were also made of pressed steel. A gear unit (three forward gear + reverse gear) was integrated with an engine. The machine had a 1,000 kg load-carrying ability. The trike was equipped with a chain drive, and a simple band brake was replaced with two drum brakes with mechanical actuation.

The field forces used E.R. rarely. The primary consumer was the National Air Defense Forces of Italy (UNPA). The UNPA widely used the machine for clearing the debris and fire-fighting operations. Its special cargo box could hold a lot of various tools.

As for the UNPA, it was founded in 1934 and left ambiguous impression in the memory of generations. During the war, Italy had been heavily bombed. Members of the UNPA had saved many lives trapped in debris. The UNPA had large powers. Civilians under penalty of law had to assist the UNPA in every action.

On the other hand, generally non-effective (for army service) men were recruited to the UNPA. By the end of the war, the UNPA started recruiting women and old people. At this, some Italians joined the UNPA to dodge the draft. In Sicily, people still use the saying “an UNPA moron” (babbu ill’unpa).

Manufacturer Societa Antonima Moto Guzzi, Mandello del Lario, Italy
Years of manufacture 1938 – 1942
Quantity produced, units 4 319
Price N/A
Today’s value N/A
Type Single horizontal cylinder, 4 stroke
Engine capacity, cc 498,4
Bore and stroke, mm 88 x 82
Engine rating 17,8 hp at 4300 rpm
Sparking Magneto
Carburetor Dell’Orto 2 MC 25
Battery N/A
Clutch Multiple-plate, oil-bath
Transmission 3-speed + reverse gear
Frame type Pressed steel
Front suspension Parallelogram with a friction damper
Rear suspension Leaf springs
Brakes Drum type
Wheel size Front – 19 x 3,50, rear – 19 x 4,00
Length, mm
3 950*
Width, mm
1 560*
Height, mm
1 650*
Wheelbase, mm
1 880
Ground clearance, mm
Seat height, mm
Mass, kg
Gas tank size, l
Maximum speed, km/h
Range, km

* – Data on the results of the measurement at the exhibit of “Motorworld by V.Sheyanov”.