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Gianca

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1948 Kite Gianca 100


1947 - 1952

Gianca was a historical Italian scooter company, based in Monza even though in the motorcycle industry was relatively inactive. His first and only product was known as Nibbio 100, and is also the first scooter was built in Sydney in 1947 before Lambretta.

The Nibbio 100 was designed by engineer Scarpa. In one of his first versions had a displacement of 98 cc, with a two-stroke propeller mounted on a tubular chassis, similar to that used after the Innocenti for the Lambretta. It was clear that with this project manufacturers Gianca sought to put a product on the market that could counter the Piaggio with its Vespa, then also had to confront the Nibbio with other Italian motorcycle companies, including the Innocenti the Isothermos and Officine Giesse.

In 1949, despite the great propaganda made especially for posters, the Nibbio failed to meet the favor of the market, it then took on the one hand the company to close its doors and the other to sell the project a new company: San Christopher in Milan. San Christopher, Having bought the rights to this project, changed some of its shares, both were propelled by a 125 cc with valve discs, but also on the body. Despite these measures to improve the performance of this new project, as the former was once again totally bankrupt. In 1952 was made a further amendment, even though as regards the name, in fact it was made into Simonetta. Also In 1952, the San Christoforo Nibbio by Simonetta was built in France under the name Ravat.

The "Nibbio", both produced by Gianca and from San Christopher, but there are very few examples, some preserved in the Scooter & Lambretta museum by Rhone.


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