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1950 - 1966

1954 Mival 175 ohc engine
1951 Mival 125 IN
1951 Mival 125 IN


Metalmeccanica Italiana Valtrompio s.p.a. or Mi-Val started out as a manufacturer of machine tools and built (mainly lightweight) motorcycles from 1950 to circa 1967.

MI-VAL began in 1950 in Gardone Val Trompia by the Bolognese Ettore Minganti and other partners, including the manufacture of weapons Pietro Beretta. The first motorcycle produced (125 T) was a nearly perfect copy of DKW 125. The models to 2 times that in subsequent years alongside the model T, with the exception of "6 Days," is essentially an aesthetic evolution of the original model. The MI-VAL motorcycles were among the most popular of the 50's, thanks to their reputation of being economic and robust, though in some models, solutions were sought for more refinement style to satisfy even the most desiring. Negli motorcyclists following years were achieved also 4-stroke models, 4 and 5 marches in displacements of 125, 175 and 200cc, but had not spread to the fame of the 125. The firm produced its own engines, both two-strokes and four-strokes, some of the latter featuring twin overhead camshafts, and supplied power units to Norman for its Nippy III moped.


1958 Mi Val 175cc

There was the production of numerous models of motorcycles a 2-stroke 48 cc. After Minganti's death and the crisis in the motorcycle market led MI-VAL away from the production of motorcycles. The company entered more in the sphere of Beretta and began the production-cost dealers as well as that of machine tools. Even with over 90 years in the field of machine tools and the mark has been sold by Beretta, and the MI-VAL logo disappeared from the walls of the factory in Gardone Val Trompia.


Mi-Val Mivalino

Mi-Val Milano

Mi-Val assembled the KR175s in Brescia, Italy, using components imported from Messerschmitt ‘bubblecar’ but with their own 172cc two-stroke engine installed. These cars were sold as the Mi-Val Mivalino.


Use in popular culture

  • The car was used as a "personal transporter" for the character of Sam Lowry in the cult film Brazil. The car appeared to be powered by a small jet engine. In the film the car was destroyed by fire. However this vehicle may be at best, a kr175/200 hybrid with additional non production parts added for the film. The front fender is very similar to one used on a KR200 that featured in the cult Swedish TV series Kenny Starfighter(1997). Cousin Itt drives one in the 1991 film The Addams Family.


Data

  • Configuration: mid (rear) engine, rear drive
  • Seating, front/rear: 1/1
  • Weather protection: bubble canopy coupe, convertible or open roadster
  • Heating/air conditioning: none/none
  • Engine type: Fichtel & Sachs, 1 cylinder, 2 stroke
  • Displacement: 174 cc
  • Bore x stroke— 62 x 58 mm
  • Compression: 6.8:1
  • Power: 9.0hp @ 5,250 rpm
  • Cooling: air, with fan
  • Starter: kick starter, later Dynastart
  • Drive: 4 speed and chain to single rear wheel
  • Brakes: 3 wheel
  • Wheel size: 4.00 by 8 in
  • Dimensions (length/width/height) (m): 2.820m}/1.220m/1.200m
  • Wheelbase: 2.030m
  • Track, front/rear: 0.920m/0 m.
  • Weight, empty/full load (kg): 210kg/360kg
  • Fuel consumption: 3.7 L/100 km}
  • Top speed: 80km/h
  • Years built: 1953 to 1955


Other Models

  • 125 T
  • 125 N
  • 125 Nt
  • 125 NS
  • 125 GT
  • 125 GS
  • 125 GSa
  • 125 GSr
  • 125 GL
  • 125 N/55
  • 125 Na
  • 125 M5L
  • 125 4MT
  • 125 4MT Lusso
  • 125 6G "6 giorni"
  • 125 6G Lusso
  • 175 L
  • 175 M5L
  • 175 S (1953)
  • 175 S/30 (1954)
  • 175 S/30 (1955)
  • 200 TV
  • 200 Principe
  • 350/500
  • Mivalino
  • Motocarro 150
  • Motocarro 175
  • Ciclomotori



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