ANGLIA CAR AUCTIONS
The Cattlemarket, Beveridge Way,
King's Lynn PE30 4NB
Saturday 15th June 2019
1947 AERMACCHI MB1Chassis number:
Estimate £12,000 - £15,000
The Aermacchi company was founded in 1912 by Giulio Macchi who produced aeroplanes and, famously, Seaplanes. To boost factory manufacturing after WW2, production started on the MB1, a three-wheel truck. The MB1 was produced from 1945 until 1954 and designed by an engineer, Emilio Bazzochi, hence the MB title standing for Macchi‑Bazzochi. It is believed that this little truck was sold new in Belgium in 1947 and in 1949 was impounded by the Dutch authorities having been used for smuggling cigarettes and butter across the Dutch border. Impounded for twenty‑five years without being claimed, the Dutch authorities held an auction in 1974 when it was sold to a collector in Holland. It is then believed to have been dry stored until being discovered in 2015. This earliest known MB1 is described by the vendor as being in time‑warp condition. UK registration is required. It comes with history of the model, original marketing details, manual, instruction book, copy NOVA and previous owner's purchase invoice. 750cc.