Sunday, October 25, 2009
The Piatti Scooter was designed by the brilliant Italian Vincent Piatti
"The Piatti Scooter was designed by the brilliant Italian Vincent Piatti. After two years as a prototype, it was manufactured in Belgium, in 1954, by D’Ieteren. The bodywork was pressed in Italy and the engine was a Sachs. It was well-made. "Unfortunately, when Cyclemaster Ltd produced their version, in 1956, in Great Britain, it was nowhere near as well-made as the Belgian machine, and the 125cc Cyclemaster engine fitted to it was …how to put it kindly? …as reliable as a Norman Cyclemate. "Still, it looked good, and image was everything – remember Cyclemaster Ltd was really EMI, experienced in promoting music and selling records."