Motorworld’s newspaper №75
Civil version of Moto Guzzi Mototriciclo 32. Only 163 pieces of Mototriciclo 32 were made for civil.
Mototriciclo 32 is the first three wheel machine, which has been used by the Italian Army during the WWII. Trike was set to work in 1935 when Italy occupied the East Africa. The military quickly appreciated it because of high manoeuvrability and reliability complete with good load-carrying ability. During the World War II the machine has been widely used in all battlefields. A total of 935 trikes (model 32) were produced for the Army.
Mototriciclo 32 was a three wheeled version of the Sport 15 model. It inherited design solutions typical for similar machines: a front spring suspension structurally connected to the rear subframe to which the two-wheel drive axle was attached. The trike was driven by a 500 cc engine (the same one that the parent model had) and equipped with a three-range transmission with an open chain. However, transmission ratio was reduced due to increased weight of the machine. It had a 500 kg load-carrying ability. A cargo bed was just an open box suitable for transportation of cargoes. There were army versions, which had a bed with a machine gun mount.
Mototriciclo 32 hosted by the “Motoworld of Vyacheslav Sheyanov” 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 – a field radio set. This accessory was developed by the Allocchio Bacchini company in 1930s for the Italian Army as a device for communication between a battlefield and the General Staff. It is of particular interest to note that some years before that the military used messenger 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||