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Italjet Pack2 folding scooter from 1980s. 49cc, 1PS (Hp), automatic transmission.

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"Italemmezeta was the predecessor of Italjet, a firm established in 1960 by Italian racer Leopoldo Tartarini, son of Egisto Tartarini. Early machines employed MZ engines and the logo incorporated the letters MZ.

The firm name changed to Italjet, reportedly in 1967, but the motorcycles had been branded Italjet for some time before that.

Italjet built a large number of different machines from fairly basic mopeds, very sporty 50 and 60cc machines, mini-bikes, 125cc singles and twins, 350cc two-stroke twins, and 500, 650 and 750cc four-stroke twins. Engines were from Franco Morini, Minarelli, Yamaha, MZ of East Germany and two British suppliers.

Italjet built limited number of motorcycles for Floyd Clymer in the late 1960's utilizing Royal Enfield 750cc engines to be marketed under the Indian banner. Around 15 of these quite handsome motorcycles are believed to exist. Clymer died before the project came to fruition and the remaining 200 Enfield engines were sold to Rickman, resulting in the Rickman Interceptors. Clymer also had Italjet build some 97 Velocette powered machines, of which about half had Venom Thruxton engines.

Italjet also built minibikes using Minarelli and Franco Morini Motori engines.

Jawa made a Type 23 Mustang from around 1968 to 1981 using many parts supplied by Italjet but it bore no resemblance to the Italjet Mustang.

Italjet Models:

Italjet Conquistador was similar in style to the twin-filler models.

The 250 Roadmaster and 250 Roadster (both with mag wheels, the latter with mild custom styling) had an engine apparently derived from the Ducati-based 250/325T.

The Italjet Buccaneer 125 of 1980 was fitted with a 125cc twin from Yamaha.

Italjet T series engines began life at Ducati, who had been building Regolarita and MX machines. It appears Ducati did not persevere with the twostrokes and the tooling and designs passed to the nearby Italjet factory. The final model in the two-stroke series was the glorious Piuma 350T of 1983, which was followed in '84 by the Scott 350 four-stroke of 322cc which was not seriously competitive but was nontheless a very attractive machine.

By the late 1990s the Pescara factory was delivering up to 90,000 units to the world's markets. Tararini's company suffered severe financial stress in the early 2000's resulting in closure of the business in 2003. The Bologna-based designer and manufacturer sold the complete manufacturing and distribution rights for seven of its scooter models to the Kinetic group of India in January 2007." (from