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1934 - 1958

Moto Astoria (1934-1958) was a motorcycles designer and producer in Milan founded by ex-racer Virginio Fieschi with the collaboration of Alfredo Bianchi. These machines are carefully decorated and had w a four-speed Burman gearbox and a foot pedal. In 1935 they began to use their own engine design in models with the same general characteristics. The brand would disappear from the market in 1936 to resume activities in 1950, always operated under the initiations of Fieschi.

In 1950 a 125 cc Villiers two-stroke engine followed by two versions equipped with original engines build by the company and almost all designed by Alfredo Bianchi, who later would design engines for Aermacchi and Parilla. Alfredo Bianchi was also the engine designer for Aermacchi who built nice two stroke 160 cc and ohv 124 to 246 cc singles. He also produced a 174 cc ohc and a twin cylinder 500 cc. The Astoria used also Villiers engines for a model produced in 1950 and produced a 250 cc and 500 cc in various versions, using the Ajax engine built by AJS.

Until 1954, light motorcycles were made with 149, 169 and 199 cc two stroke, four stroke engines, while leaving the 125 cc range models alone. In 1954, the Motoleggera with a 175 cc four-stroke engine, distribution was through the pushrods and rockers and had a telescopic front fork and a rear swingarm suspension. In 1955, they launched a 169 cc version with pushrods and rocker arms with the camshaft in the head and also a 150 cc two-stroke engine. In 1957, they added a 175 cc, four stroke in different versions and a 150 cc two-stroke model, plus a three-wheeler with 50 cc engines. Moto Astoria, which at the time was based in Milan-Affori, ceased production in 1958.


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