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Motorworld’s newspaper №75
Civil version of Moto Guzzi Mototriciclo 32. Only 163 pieces of Mototriciclo 32 were made for civil.
The Mototriciclo 32 is the first three-wheeled machine used by Italian Army during the WWII. The trike began to be used in 1935, when Italy occupied East Africa. The military quickly accepted it for its high manoeuvrability and reliability, combined with good load capacity. During the Second World War it was widely used on all fronts. Over the years, the Moto Guzzi has produced 935 Model 32 trikes specifically for the army.
The Mototriciclo 32 was a three-wheeled version of the Sport 15 model. It inherited the design solutions typical for similar machines: a front spring suspension, structurally combined with a rear subframe, to which the two-wheeled drive axle was attached. It was driven by the same 500cc engine as the basic model. It was also equipped with a three-speed gearbox with an open chain. However, the gear ratio was reduced due to the increased weight of the machine. The trike could carry up to 500 kg. A cargo bed was just an open box suitable for transportation of loads. There were army versions, which had a bed with a machine gun mount.
The Mototriciclo 32 from the “Motoworld by V. Sheyanov” collection was restored at the Costantino Frontalini’s workshop. As for the paintwork, sand camouflage colour (so called ‘blind colonial’) was used. Besides, Mr. Frontalini has added a peculiar option to the machine: a field radio station. This accessory was developed by the Allocchio Bacchini company in 1930s for the Italian Army as a device of communication between the front and the General Staff. It is interesting that just a few years before the communication was provided by carrier pigeons.
|Manufacturer||Societa Antonima Moto Guzzi, Mandello del Lario, Italy|
|Years of manufacture||1933 – 1936|
|Quantity produced, units||1 078|
|ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION|
|Engine capacity, cc||498,4|
|Bore and stroke, mm||88 x 82|
|Engine rating||13,2 hp at 4000 rpm|
|FRAME AND WHEELBASE|
|Front suspension||Parallelogram with friction damper|
|Rear suspension||Leaf springs|
|Brakes||Front – drum type, rear – band brake|
|Wheel size||19 x 3,50|
|Ground clearance, mm||
|Seat height, mm||
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|Maximum speed, km/h||