12th Jul, 2023 11:00

National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands

  Lot 26

1961 Moto Rumi Formichino Tipo Sport

Sold for £4,370

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: 4877 MT
Frame No: 32099
Engine No: 27120
MOT: Exempt

  • British registered from new
  • With copy of buff log book
  • In running condition
  • Formerly owned by the chairman of The Moto Rumi Club
  • V5C for use on UK roads

Rumi of Bergamo in northern Italy were an established industrial company long before the scooter boom of the 1950s. They were involved in metal foundry products for private, government and military markets. The anchor on the later Rumi logo and badge refers back to the companys history and previous involvement with the manufacture of naval equipment during the second world war. Motorcycle production using the now legendary two stroke twin engine fitted to almost all Rumi two wheelers started with a prototype in 1949. Production of motorcycles ranged from basic touring style machines through to full factory supported racing machines. With Piaggio and Inoccenti showing success with their scooters it was an obvious decision to get involved with smaller wheeled machines. The first scooter Rumi produced was the Scoiattolo (squirrel). It was a clever idea as it used many parts already in production for the motorcycles including forks, hubs, and nacelle and the proven excellent two stroke twin engine. Whilst the Scoiattolo proved to handle well and was a very practical machine Rumi needed a scooter design more in tune with the times. The Formichino addressed this and the aluminium bodied small wheeled range is so unique that it demands attention for its looks and performance. These where the quickest 125cc factory produced scooters of the time and were available in Standard, Sport and Bol d’or versions. With an enthusiastic international following Rumi scooters are very collectible today.

This Tipo Sport appears to be in extremely original and very good condition. Originally sold new by the famous Stephen’s Scooter Mart in West London it has comes with a good amount of historical provenance and was until recently owned by the chairman of the Moto Rumi club Paul Stokes. Our vendor was able to regain the original two letter number plate using these documents. Verified and documented by the Rumi Club. The mileage of 16466 can be believed to be genuine. We were able to see the scooter running and sounding very sweet by use of an external fuel supply. The tank we believe will need to be cleaned and in our opinion should then be in fine running condition.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Diamond
07768 313001


Auction: National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands, 12th Jul, 2023

An auction of classic motorcycles & vintage scooters taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, West Midlands.



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