Having purchased the Bolognese motorcycle maker Italmoto in 1953, Maserati commenced motorcycle manufacture in Modena under its own name. The first to bear Maserati’s famous Trident badge was the Tipo 160/T4 of 1954, a 4-stroke model previously made by Italmoto. The 2-stroke 125/T2 also appeared in 1954 and it had a 4.8hp 123cc single mated to a 3-speed transmission. It weighed 80kgs (dry) and could buzz up to around 50mph. It stayed in production until 1957.
Maserati produced a dozen or so different models up to 250cc until 1960, but with limited commercial success the company sacrificed its two-wheeler operation to focus on the survival of its car brand.
The Maserati 125/T2 offered for sale here is in very original condition. A charming machine for any admirer of the Maserati marque who would enjoy a cosmetic restoration project.