Founded in Italy in 1945 and active until the early 1970s, Motom was unusual among European manufacturers of mopeds and ultra-lightweight motorcycles in preferring the four-stroke engine rather than the ubiquitous two-stroke. Pressed-steel spine frames were another Motom trademark although, as time progressed, models with tubular frames were introduced and proprietary Peugeot and Zündapp two-stroke engines adopted. The first Motom was exhibited at the 1947 Geneva Salon and production of Motom motorcycles continued until 1971. Built in unit with a three-speed gearbox, the 48cc Motom engine had bore/stroke dimensions of 39x40mm and produced 1.5bhp at 4,500rpm. A rigid frame and centre spring blade type front fork were features, while later models had telescopic forks and plunger rear suspension. On early models, the fuel tank was incorporated into the frame while on some later ones it was a separate component, as seen here. Presented in restored condition, this beautiful little Motom represents an opportunity for the serious collector to acquire a European four-stroke moped of a type rarely seen in the UK. There are no documents with this Lot.