Mario Malanca started out by manufacturing motorcycle components in his Bologna factory and produced his first complete motorcycle in 1956. Malanca made its racing debut in 1968 with Walter Villa and Otello Buscherini as factory riders, but the company is best remembered for its exploits in the 50cc and 125cc classes during the 1970s, the high point of which was Buscherini’s two wins in 1973 on his way to finishing 6th in that year’s 125cc World Championship. Malanca also won several Italian national championships in the ‘tiddler’ classes.
In the late ‘60s small capacity sports bikes became all the rage with Italian teenagers, a trend which reached the UK in the following decade. Many Italian manufacturers such as Aspes, Fantic, Garelli, Italjet, Itom, Malaguti and others all wanted a share of this market, and Malanca was no exception. With racy styling, low ‘bars and big-bike-style twin-cradle frames and suspension, their screaming 2-stroke engines disrupted the peace across the country.
This 49cc Malanca was restored five years ago. With a striking red/yellow paint scheme it is presented in excellent condition, and this rare 3M Comfort version is one of the first 200 produced.