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One of our projects... Carlos Paulero, Former Ducati Single Racer from Buenos Aires, Argentina helped me restore this rare Maserati 125cc GT. The engine block reads "Fabrica Candele Accumulatori", Manufacturer of Spark Plugs and Batteries, what Maserati started as. Enjoy!
 

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Beautiful!

I was not aware that Maserati ever made 2 wheelers.
 

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Absolutely beautiful Alex!!! Stunning :)

For those that are confused - whilst the logo is the same the maker isn't.

In the early fifties the Orsi Family divided the various activities of the company amongst its members, with Adolfo retaining "Maserati Automobili", brother Marcello given the foundry business, "Fonderie di Modena" and sister Ida the spark plug factory, "Fabbrica Candele e Accumulatori Maserati" as Alex outlined above.

Due to a combination of a misunderstanding and an oversight on the Notary's part, Fabbrica Candele e Accumulatori Maserati retained the right to the use the Maserati name and the 'Trident' logo. The bikes were actually built by Fabbrica Candele Accumulatori Maserati - which was the spark plug/battery factory. I looked into this a few years ago when I was offered a 1953 250/T4/GT which was misrepresented in the sale, I didn't trust the sale after that & dropped it - don't know what ever happened to it.

MASERATI MOTORCYCLE PRODUCTION 1953 to 1960

MODEL Years of production Cubic Capacity Horsepower Gears
125/T2 1953-1956 123 cc 4.8 3
160/T4 1953-1959 158 cc 7.5 4
125/TV 1953-1958 123 cc 6.0 4
160/T4/TL 1955 158 cc 7.5 4
125/T2/TL 1955 123 cc 4.8 3
175/T4/S 1955 175 cc 15.0 4
250/T4/GT 1955 246.2 cc 12.5 4
125/GTS 1957 123 cc 7.2 4
50/T2/U 1956 49.6 cc 2.4 3
50/T2/D 1956 49.6 cc 2.0 3
50/T2/S 1956 49.6 cc 3.0 3
50/T2/SS 1956 49.6 cc 3.0 3
L 75/T2 1958 74 cc 4.5 3
125/LE 1959 123 cc 5.3 3
50/T2/MT 1957 49.6 cc 2.0 2
 

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In the early fifties the Orsi Family divided the various activities of the company amongst its members, with Adolfo retaining "Maserati Automobili", brother Marcello given the foundry business, "Fonderie di Modena" and sister Ida the spark plug factory, "Fabbrica Candele e Accumulatori Maserati" as Alex outlined above.

Due to a combination of a misunderstanding and an oversight on the Notary's part, Fabbrica Candele e Accumulatori Maserati retained the right to the use the Maserati name and the 'Trident' logo. The bikes were actually built by Fabbrica Candele Accumulatori Maserati - which was the spark plug factory.
So it's literally a chick's bike :)
 

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LOL oepie - pretty cool chick's bike - I'd have it in a heart beat, what fantastic restoration job :yo: - my Maserati is almost as old as it, I could reunite brother & sister's work :laughing:
 

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Hi MVista - You are absolutely correct, nice job at looking into the history and thanks for sharing. Great idea on getting your Maserati and this little thing together, while we enjoy a "Cold" one. Can you share a picture of your Maserati?

My best...
 

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Sure Alex, but it's not that exciting, a simple 1984 Bi-turbo, the only coolest thing is that it is the very last of the hand made models - carburettors, twin IHI turbos (no left or right,one just placed up side down on the opposite side) no power steering, no inter cooler and a full aluminium bonnet. After that they were fuel injected, power steering, inter cooler & civilised :( Funny I just realised that this is one of the very few pics that I have of it. I love it always have :)

Oh btw that's not its guts falling out of it on the right side - it's the result of a painting accident between my son & I :laughing: The car itself has 54,000klms on the clock from new. It's still great fun to drive - despite the full leather, alacantra & wood interior it still a rawness that doesn't exist anymore. The MV shrine is the other side of the wall.

OH also, that number plate is my initials & the represents the birthdays of everyone in my family - all 4 of us (believe it or not) are born the 7th - my son & I the 9th month (yep same day) my daughter June & my wife January. :jam: Care to guess what the lucky number is in this house? :drummer:

 

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Oi! What's that hidious white car doing in your garage?

I've always liked the Biturbo.
When I was 15 or something I already had great taste in cars. No Golf or Peugeot 205 GTI for me thank you very much!
So I wrote a nice letter to the Belgian Maserati importer and asked for some info. A couple of days later I received a nice glossy brochure of a metallic blue 430 with beige leather interior.
A bit later - while I was on holiday with my folks - the dealer phoned, my grandpa answered. You have to know my grandfather didn't have a clue about cars.
I can imagine that conversation: No, he's not in, he's on holiday. Err, what? Masewhat? Ah, a car... :wtf: you sure it's for him? Oh... test drive? Err... You know he's 15, right?

I still got that brochure :)
 

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I had a friend who had a ghibli. I love the ghibli. Fantastic car.
His was a terrible piece of crap.
His grandfather let him have it and he got it painted at maaco!
As soon as we closed the hood the first time it spiderwebbed and I'm pretty sure try didn't even paint the trunk interior.
Horrible end to a fantastic car wish I could have bought it
 

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Oi! What's that hidious white car doing in your garage?

I've always liked the Biturbo.
When I was 15 or something I already had great taste in cars. No Golf or Peugeot 205 GTI for me thank you very much!
So I wrote a nice letter to the Belgian Maserati importer and asked for some info. A couple of days later I received a nice glossy brochure of a metallic blue 430 with beige leather interior.
A bit later - while I was on holiday with my folks - the dealer phoned, my grandpa answered. You have to know my grandfather didn't have a clue about cars.
I can imagine that conversation: No, he's not in, he's on holiday. Err, what? Masewhat? Ah, a car... :wtf: you sure it's for him? Oh... test drive? Err... You know he's 15, right?

I still got that brochure :)
Killer story oepie :laughing: I love it! :laughing:

That hideous white car (and I agree with you) belongs to my wife :eek: She's a fantastic girl, she lets me keep all my toys so I have to reciprocate. She sold her Kompressor Mercedes for that BMW - I thought that was strange but hey you know what they say 'Happy Wife, Happy Life' :)

I had a friend who had a ghibli. I love the ghibli. Fantastic car.
His was a terrible piece of crap.
His grandfather let him have it and he got it painted at maaco!
As soon as we closed the hood the first time it spiderwebbed and I'm pretty sure try didn't even paint the trunk interior.
Horrible end to a fantastic car wish I could have bought it
Ghiblis - love them, they are indeed a fantastic car, if treated correctly but that goes for all of them.

That's a sad story Alex, another one bites the dust. :(
 

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Aww why are we hating on the BMW!

I would also love a Bora!
Definitely in the top 10
 

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Aww why are we hating on the BMW!

I would also love a Bora!
Definitely in the top 10
Because they have a target painted on them :laughing:

The Bora actually makes my top......1 :heart: Well make that 2 as the MC12 is #1 but I would have a far more realistic chance of owing a Bora than an MC12.
 

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Ah, the Bora. Very nice car.

My all time favourite Maserati is the A6GCS. Pure sex on wheels!
I'm gonna buy one when I win the lottery. 10 times in a row...

 

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Ah, the Bora. Very nice car.

My all time favourite Maserati is the A6GCS. Pure sex on wheels!
I'm gonna buy one when I win the lottery. 10 times in a row...
My brother's friend just got one of these a few weeks ago!

He was too polite to ask how much - but a quick internet search will give you an idea & it's scary! :jam:


The famed 450S :mouthwate - arguably one of the greatest of all in the proper Sports Racers of the time - drive from your garage to the track & back again - completely unintelligible to us nowadays.

 

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