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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Super exclussive scooter of Maserati

Maybe all this time we know that the automotive manufacturer from Italy, Maserati only makes cars. It turned out that in the past this Italian automotive manufacturer had tried to make a scooter, as part of its efforts to expand its business as a scooter producer in South America.
Brochure of 1957 Maserati M2 Alférez 150 cc scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/32kirDR)
The Alférez known as the only Maserati scooter in existence starts when Maserati began a collaboration with Iso Rivolta. Iso is probably best known today for developing the Isetta bubble car, but also had a history of producing sports cars, motorcycles, and scooters.
1957 Maserati M2 Alférez scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2JMkE4h)
Maserati together with Iso Rivolta ever produced two concepts/prototype scooters in 1957, the M1 (now unfortunately lost in history, but probably a 125 cc) and the M2 – the 150 cc Alférez.

The frame and engine numbers are simple 'M2,' and the Maserati logo on the crankcase is worth taking a second look at. The horn cast Maserati badge is unique too… with a red racing car alluding to their Grand Prix heritage, and the name Alférez… a link to the Maserati founders name (Alfieri), but tellingly translated in Spanish… a hint to their ambitions in Latin America, where scooters were so popular, and the Lambretta and Vespa names might be not so known in these regions. 
1957 Maserati M2 Alférez scooter at the 2017 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WMnhIU)
But a promotional trip to Mexico ended badly, then Maserati abandoned the scooter market. The M2 prototype remained too, finally ending up in Texas, where it resides today. Iso continued making scooters, and while being less commercially successful than Innocenti and Piaggio, are one of the few manufacturers a run for their money in styling.
Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of the two-wheeled monster and stay alive with true safety riding. May God will forgive Your sins and so does the cops...... *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SCOOTERHOOD | WOIWEB | PROVA MAGAZIN  | PREWAR.COM | MOTOCICLISMO | LAMBRETTISTA.NET]
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