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Page 681. 1960 ITOM Astor 50 Supersport 3-Speed

1960 ITOM Astor 50 Supersport 3-Speed

Original Unrestored Paintwork and in Running Order

 

 

The ‘mo-ped’ – an updated version of the earlier postwar cyclemotor – was officially launched in 1954. Germany’s two-speed NSU Quickly was very well made, so it dominated this new market from the beginning. But Italian manufacturers were not far behind. Within a few years, as racing versions of their machines were introduced to cater for the new sport of 50cc road racing, Itom became the market leader. From 1961 to 1963, the Itom Supersport three-speed – and the four-speed, introduced in 1962 – were the world’s most popular 50cc racing machines. ‘Tourist’ versions of the racers sold very well throughout Europe.

This example is fitted with pedals to comply with European legal requirements. (Italy ended the pedal requirement in 1959, but other countries did not). As was common at the time, one pedal was removed so that the remaining pedal looks like a kick-start, to emulate a ‘racing’ appearance. It retains its original paintwork. The saddle is new, the wheel rims are in good condition.

I recently purchased this Itom in France; my friend Alain collected it and will deliver it to me at Beaulieu Autojumble.

It has been supplied with a new piston and head gasket which need fitting. If purchased at Beaulieu, the buyer can do this job themselves. Otherwise I’ll have it fitted and serviced prior to delivery to the purchaser.

The illustration below shows the earlier (1957) Astor, with the same distinctive open frame, but fitted with different forks for an Itom show display.

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ITOM RACING

 

In the picture below, from the 1961 Belgian Grand Prix, the second right is a Kreidler, the other three are Itoms. The Kreidler was actually a faster machine, but the Itom was still the most popular.

 

 

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ITOM

The Itom factory was founded in Turin by lawyer Corrado Corradi and began production in 1948 at Via Francesco Millio, moving later to S. Ambrogio Torinese.
All Itom engines were 49.5cc (40×39.5mm), with the sole exception of the Tabor model of 1959 which was 65cc (45x40mm).
The most popular Itom model was the Astor with four-speed gearbox.
In 1973 Itom ceased production of their own engines and adopted Franco Morini engines for the whole range. Itom was then no longer a real motorcycle manufacturer but more of an assembler.
A venture into producing medical compressors and water-heaters was a financial disaster and the losses led to the closure of the motorcycle division in 1975.

 

 

You can print out 1966 ITOM spare parts catalogue via this link - http://www.cjones.talktalk.net/itom/index.html

 

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