Motorworld’s newspaper №74
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|
|ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION|
|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|
|Carburetor||Dell’Orto 2 MC 25|
|Transmission||3-speed + reverse gear|
|FRAME AND WHEELBASE|
|Frame type||Pressed steel|
|Front suspension||Parallelogram with a friction damper|
|Rear suspension||Leaf springs|
|Wheel size||Front – 19 x 3,50, rear – 19 x 4,00|
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