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Photo ou archives : F-M. Dumas

Capacity : 260
Model : tricycle attelé
Production : 1899 -
Category : (R) 3-wheeler


Tricycle and Trailer - 1899

If three wheels are good, are four wheels better?

A pioneer of the Italian motorcycle industry, Prinetti & Stucchi was founded in 1875 by an engineer named Prinetti and a businessman named Stucchi to make sewing machines, then switched to cycles. By 1894, they had produced over 7000 bicycles and tricycles.

17-Year-Old Genius

In 1898, they produced a motorized tricycle (three years after De Dion) and soon after built one of the first twin-cylinder machines, designed by a 17-year-old genius named Ettore Bugatti, soon to become one of the most famous automobile makers of all time.

Unpaid Apprentice

Bugatti, working as an unpaid apprentice, created what could be described as a twin-engine tricycle, since he simply linked two singles side by side, with their crankshafts driving a common ring gear between the two engines. He raced this machine and in 1899, won several victories with it. Also in 1898, the firm had unveiled another surprise, a tandem bicycle named the Sociable, whose two riders rode side by side, each with his own handlebars controlling the steering by a system of bellcranks. Taking sociability a step further, this astounding quadricycle of 1899 had its wheels laid out in diamond formation. The front part was a conventional tricycle, behind which was fixed a single-wheeled rear end with a passenger saddle. In 1901, Prinetti & Stucchi built their first motorcycle, with a 2 hp engine. The 1905 Stucchi, with its engine mounted in the bottom loop of the frame with mechanically-operated valves and magneto ignition, was quite advanced for its time.


Engine: 258cc (68x71mm) air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke

Power Rating: 1.75 hp

Valves: automatic overhead inlet, side exhaust

Fuel System: carburetor

Transmission: direct-gear drive to solid rear axle

Suspension: none (apart from sprung saddles)

Brakes: shoe pressing on tire (front); band brake (rear)

Wheels: wire clincher

Maximum Speed: 18 mph

The amazing Prinetti & Stucchi quadricycle, inspired by the French De Dion tricycle, is displayed in the Turin Automobile Museum.

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.