Malanca 50cc Machines

Malanca (1956-1986):

In his workshop in Bologna, Mario Malanca began producing mechanical parts and hubs for wheels of motorcycles, and later built complete motorcycles, the first appearing in 1956. In five years the Malanca team won six championships in the 50cc and 60cc classes. In 1986 the company folded, ending the Malanca brand.


Malanca Related Information:

  • Wikipedia Malanca page here.
  • Sheldon’s EMU Malanca page here.
  • Wheels of Italy Malanca page here.
  • Mito Malanca – Italian language site with lots of info and photos
  • Malanca GTI 80 story (in Italian) here.
  • Malanca Testrossa (1969-1979) story in Italian here.

Malanca Featured 50cc Machines:

The saga of sporting fifty Malanca starts with Nicki, then move on to Sprint and the Competition, finally reaching the Testa Rossa, true icon of the era. The Malanca Competition arrives in 1965 and since its first appearance has engine with gearbox 4-speed, although with the small thermal roundness. On this model will also be set up a version with the head painted red, more carefully detailed. The Competition is in line with the most extreme sportsmen of the time: long tank with a staggered cap on one side, short saddle with the padding that goes up on the back of the tank, 18″ wheels, suspensions with springs in sight, handlebars and an aggressive colouring. The first version soon follows one with the increased thermal, able to comfortably exceed 80 kmh in the version that was then called, for all those who wanted to declare the performance, “export”. The second series of the Competition arrives in ’69: the engine and the chassis are practically unchanged, but the look is completely renewed thanks to a new and sleek tank with a modern design, with the fuel cap moved towards the rear. Also new is the saddle with rostrum and the top case, while the telescopic fork now has internal springs. To all intents and purposes, it is a nice sporting medium, but to add it to the list comes another 50 even more extreme, which sends the teenagers of the period into fibrillation: the Testa Rossa. A round and tapered tank and a flat seat mounted on a beautiful double cradle frame make it fascinating and make it immediately successful. First presented with an orange livery that is immediately replaced by a white with three colours on the sides of the tank (to celebrate the successes obtained in the competitions in ’68 and ’69) the Testa Rossa mounts the same 4-speed engine of the Competition, built on its own from Malanca, but with the head painted red and a carburettor of 20 mm instead of 18 mm (which allows him to exceed 90 km / h). The following year (1970) the 5-speed version is presented. Few aesthetic and cycling interventions: a new saddle with final rostrum and some modifications to the chassis, mainly to the front risers to make room for the new thermal. The engine instead is a real surprise. Not an evolution of the previous one, but a completely new unit, with a generously finned “diamond” carter and a thermal one that includes a cast iron cylinder with large squared fins, and a showy “fan-shaped” head no longer painted red. Like the previous one, the 5M engine is built on its own, but does not have a single piece compatible with the 4M. Performance is just a little higher, but the aesthetic impact of the new engine will keep the model’s interest high for years to come. In addition to the tricolour version, the 5M will also be offered with a silver frame with orange, blue or amaranth metallic livery.

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