At theMilan Motorcycle Show in November 1959, MV introduced the Chicco Scooter, and it was a popular addition to the MV lineup, staying in production unti 1964. While it had a conventional scooter profile, under the bodywork was a clever powerplant. The diminutive, 5,8 HP 155cc single-cilinder, 2-stroke engine had a horizontal cilinder and a primary drive by a chain. The driven wheel cantilevered directly onto the gearbox output shaft. This engine had no relation with any other MV product and was specifically intended for this bike. Forced air-cooling kept the engine in one piece. The body used monocoque pressed-steel construction with a fixed mudgaurd. The price in 1960 was 157.500 Lire. It’s not hard to picture Sophia Loren riding past Rome’s Trevi Fountain on a Chicco.....

Engine: Technical Specification (1960)

Cylinders / Cycle: single / 2 stroke
Displacement: 155,6 cc
Bore x stroke: 57 x 61 mm
Compression ratio: 7:1
Power / rpm: 5,5 HP / 4,800
Torque / rpm: NA
Cooling: air
Distribution: flat piston, with defl. the first 50 units
Carburettor: 17 mm carburettor
Ignition: flywheel-magneto
Lubrication: 5% mixture
Starting: kickstart
Primary drive: gear
Clutch: wet multiple plate clutch
Gearbox: 4 speeds
Final drive: direct


Frame: pressed steel monocoque frame
Front suspension: trailing link+hydraulic shocks
Rear suspension: swingarm integrated with engine
Front brake: 150 mm drum
Rear brake: 150 mm drum
Front tire: 3.50 x10”
Rear tire: 3.50 x10”
Wheels: disc
Tank: 8 litres
Length: 1980 mm
Width: 690 mm
Wheelbase: 1270 mm
Weight: 120 Kg

Performance: 75 kph