Business was slow after WW2 for aircraft maker Aeronautica Macchi, and so in common with many other Italian manufacturers the company started to focus on small, affordable powered two-wheelers for the masses.
The first Aermacchi scooter appeared in 1951. The fuel tank was located under the saddle, while a dummy tank served as a toolbox so that the rider had something ‘between the knees’. It rolled on 17-inch wheels and so it seemed much like a normal motorcycle. By 1953 there were three 125cc variants: the Ghibli, the luxury Cigno and the sporty Monsone.
These large-wheeled scooters proved quite popular and so an updated version, now called the Zeffino, appeared in 1955 in 4.5hp 125 and 6.5hp 150cc guises. The Zeffino retained the tubular frame and 3-speed unit construction engine/transmission as an integral part of the rear swingarm (as per Vespa and Lambretta), but telescopic forks replaced the leading link design and the headlamp was relocated to the handlebar. The Zeffino was produced in two different series; the first from 1955 to 1958, the second from 1959 to 1961, and around 5,000 were built in total.
The scooter for sale here is a series 1 Zeffiro 125, of which about 2,500 were built. This particular 1956 example ended up being surplus stock with an Aermacchi dealer in Pavia in the north-west of Italy, and so it remains in unused condition to this day. It was bought from the dealer by the current owner two years ago, and it is to be sold with a Coys bill of sale. This is very probably a unique opportunity to purchase one of the rarer and more collectible scooters in factory-fresh condition.