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Bianchi Avanti- 1964

Bianchi Avanti- 1964

Bianchi was established by Edoardo Bianchi in 1885 Milan Italy, making Bianchi the world’s oldest bicycle company still in existence. Edoardo Bianchi was considered to be the Henry Ford of the bicycle industry. Bianchi also pioneered the front wheel caliper brake and equal-size wheels with pneumatic rubber tires.

In 1897, Bianchi expanded into motorcycle production, and achieved prominence in motorcycle racing in the late 1920s. In 1955, a joint venture between Bianchi, Fiat, and Pirelli created a new automobile company: Autobianchi. It was eventually sold to Fiat in 1967. Bianchi began making scooters and mopeds in 1960. Even though the company ended motorcycle production in 1967, they continued producing mopeds until 1978.

The Avanti Sport was introduced in 1964 and folds in half using a hinge in the middle of the bike, making it easy to transport. The 70 lb. moped makes about 1.5hp, and is capable of 30mph.

Specifications:

Manufacturer: F.I.V. Edoardo Bianchi S.p.A
Country of Origin: Italy
Drivetrain Configuration: Mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine: 49cc, two-stroke, air-cooled, one-cylinder 1.5 HP
Transmission: Single-speed, centrifugal clutch
Top Speed: 30 mph
Years of Production: 1964-1969
Number Produced: unknown
Original Cost: unknown

THIS SCOOTER WAS GENEROUSLY DONATED TO THE MUSEUM BY GARY AND MARLA KUDNEY OF GEORGIA.

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