Baretta

July 13, 2012

updated 2020-06

 

 

 

 

Baretta      made in Italy by Piccoli Motori   Minarelli V1 or Morini MO1
Baretta      also made in Italy by Italvelo       Morini MO2 engine

 

Piccoli Motori smallPiccoli Motori srl was near Bologna Italy, but is not in the Wheels of Italy Encyclopedia. “Piccoli” is an Italian surname that also means “smalls”.

Baretta of America: Baretta is a trade name made up by Baretta of America, 2904 S Figueroa Av, Los Angeles California. The Wheels of Italy Encyclopedia lists Baretta but has no information. When you search Google for “ciclomotore Baretta” you don’t see any, but for “Baretta moped” you see dozens. That suggests it was a USA-only brand name. The spelling of “Baretta” is that of the 1970’s TV series, with a detective played by Robert Blake, not the “Beretta” hand gun. 

Italvelo: Italvelo was in Bologna Italy, but is not in the Wheels of Italy Motorcycle Encyclopedia. They made mostly bicycles, and also Aspes, Bianchi, Snark, Italvelo, and Velomec mopeds. 

 

Baretta of America – Timeline


1977  xxx xxx frame xxxx xxxxx engine xxx tires xx seat
Model 22  Piccoli tube frame,   Minarelli V1  2.25-16  solo
Model 38  (22 with long seat), Minarelli V1  2.25-16  long

Model 44  Piccoli mono-tube,   Minarelli V1  2.25-16  solo
Model 45 w/mags (44 mono),  Minarelli V1  2.25-16  solo
Magnum   (22 with top tank),   Minarelli V1  2.25-16  long
mid-77 
 22, 38, 44, 45, Magnum parts manual was made

Magnum w/mags  (top tank),   Minarelli V1  2.25-16  long
Sport 44   Italvelo mono-tube, Morini MO2   2.25-16  solo

Jan? ’77 Baretta 22

April 1977 Baretta 22

Sep 1977 Baretta Sport 44 (2-speed)
provided by Don Stenersen

Oct 77 Magnum

 

 

 

 

Model 22: The first Baretta moped was Model 22, in early 1977 or possibly late 1976. It was a step-thru type with a solo seat. It had a Minarelli V1 1-speed automatic moped engine. The first tank stickers were plain block letters. The stickers soon changed to the slanted stylized logo with green and red background. That sticker style continued through 1979.

Sport 44: This model had a Franco Morini MO2 2-speed automatic engine instead of Minarelli V1 1-speed. The frame was made by Italvelo rather than Piccoli. Not many were made evidently because there are no photos on the internet, except this one.

Magnum: This top-tank model was popular. Americans, especially young men, liked the big 2-gallon gas tank and the motorcycle look. The Magnum was also offered with cast aluminum alloy wheels in the style Razze Incrociate made by Grimeca.

Mags: Grimeca in Italy made the world’s first cast alloy production motorcycle wheel in 1974. US-model mopeds first had Grimeca cast aluminum alloy wheels in 1977. They are called mags or mag wheels because the first car alloy wheels were made of magnesium. The style Razze Incrociate (crossed ray) is nicknamed “snowflake” in America.

 


1978 Baretta Magnum flyer

1978  xxx xxx frame xxxx xxxxx engine xxx tires xx seat
Model 22  Piccoli tube frame,   Minarelli V1  2.25-16  solo
Model 38  (22 with long seat), Minarelli V1  2.25-16  long
Model 38 w/mags (long seat), Minarelli V1  2.25-16  long

Model 44  Piccoli mono-tube,   Minarelli V1  2.25-16  solo
Model 45 w/mags (44 mono),  Minarelli V1  2.25-16  long
Magnum   (22 with top tank),   Minarelli V1  2.25-16  long
Magnum w/mags(top tank),   Minarelli V1  2.25-16  long
Mini City   Piccoli tube mini,      Morini MO1  3.00-10  long

1978 Baretta 38

1978 Baretta 38

’78 38 w/mags

1978 Baretta 44

’78 Baretta 44

1978 Mini City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1978 Baretta 38 flyer

1979  xxx xxx frame xxxx xxxxx engine xxx tires xx seat
Model 38  (22 with long seat), Minarelli V1  2.25-16  long
Model 38 w/mags (long seat), Minarelli V1  2.25-16  long
Model 44  Piccoli mono-tube,   Minarelli V1  2.25-16  long
Model 45 w/mags (44 mono),  Minarelli V1  2.25-16  long
Magnum   (22 with top tank),   Minarelli V1  2.25-16  long
Magnum w/mags(top tank),   Minarelli V1  2.25-16  long

’79 Baretta 38

’79 Baretta 44

1979 Baretta 45

1979 45

1979 Baretta Magnum

1979 Magnum

 

 

 

Baretta learned that Americans like long seats, compared to Europeans. By 1979 all models had long seats.

 

 

 

 

 

Baretta of America – 1977 Parts Catalog

This edition covers models 22, 38, 44, 45 and Magnum, but not Sport 44. There are no dates anywhere on it. In the mag wheel section it says “pieces that differ in mag wheels, as used in model 45”. That implies that only model 45 had mags at the time the parts manual was made. That dates it to mid-1977.


Model 22

Baretta model 22 parts
0
1-22.0  none   frame
02-22.0  none   swing arm
03-22.0  $$.$$ center stand
04-22.0  $$.$$ chain guard
05-22.0  none   gas tank
06-22.0  $$.$$ engine cover
07-22.0  $$.$$ fork sheath
08-22.0  $$.$$ fork top plate
09-22.0  $$.$$ inner slider right
10-22.0  $$.$$ inner slider left
11-22.0  $$.$$ fork spring
12-22.0  $$.$$ spring bearer
13-22.0  $$.$$ handlebar clamp
14-22.0  $$.$$ screw M8 x 20
15-22.0  $$.$$ washer 8mm
16-22.0  $$.$$ screw M6 x 25
17-22.0  $$.$$ rubber grommet
18-22.0  $$.$$ handlebar
19-22.0  $$.$$ brake lever
20-22.0  $$.$$ starter lever
21-22.0  $$.$$ brake lever spring
22-22.0  $$.$$ start lever spring
23-22.0  $$.$$ lever pivot
24-22.0  $$.$$ cable barrel
25-22.0  $$.$$ left control housing
26-22.0  $$.$$ right control no lever
27-22.0  $$.$$ right grip 24mm
28-22.0  $$.$$ left grip 22mm
29-22.0  $$.$$ right control assembly 
30-22.0  $$.$$ left control assembly
31-22.0  $$.$$ front brake cable housing
31.1-22  $$.$$ front brake inner wire
32-22.0  $$.$$ rear brake cable housing
32.1-22  $$.$$ rear brake inner wire
33-22.0  $$.$$ start cable housing
33.1-22  $$.$$ start cable inner wire
35-22.0  $$.$$ throttle cable
36-22.0  $$.$$ light/horn switch left.0  
36.1-22  $$.$$ engine stop switch right CEV 8177
37-22.0  $$.$$ wiring harness
38-22.0  $$.$$ headlight body
39-22.0  $$.$$ headlight assembly.0 
39.1-22  none   sealed beam bulb 6V 21W CEV 171 use 39.1s22
39.1s22  $30.0 replaceable bulb headlight takes auto bulb 6V 21W #1129 or 12V #1156
40-22.0  $$.$$ headlight rim CEV Tipo 105
41-22.0  $$.$$ side reflector CEV rectangular
42-22.0  $$.$$ headlight rim screw M5 x 15 slot
43-22.0  $$.$$ horn 6V AC
44-22.0  $$.$$ horn screw
45-22.0  $$.$$ brake light switch normally closed when installed
46-22.0  $$.$$ brake switch rubber cover
47-22.0  $$.$$ tail light body
47.1-22  $$.$$ bulb holder-reflector w/resistor
47.2-22  $$.$$ fender rubber cushion
48-22.0  $$.$$ tail light lens
49-22.0  $$.$$ lens screw
50-22.0  $$.$$ bulb 6V 5W
50.1-22  $$.$$ bulb 6V 10W
50.2-22  $$.$$ tail light assembly CEV 9400.2
51-22.0  $$.$$ steering top nut
52-22.0  $$.$$ steering washer
53-22.0  $$.$$ upper cup threaded
54-22.0  $$.$$ upper cone for frame
55-22.0  $$.$$ lower cup for frame
56-22.0  $$.$$ lower cone for fork
57-22.0  $$.$$ ball cage
57.1-22  $$.$$ steering set 
58-22.0  $$.$$ solo seat
59-22.0  $$.$$ tool box
60-22.0  $$.$$ 
51-22.0  $$.$$ 
52-22.0  $$.$$ 
53-22.0  $$.$$ 
54-22.0  $$.$$ 
55-22.0  $$.$$ 
56-22.0  $$.$$ 
57-22.0  $$.$$ 
58-22.0  $$.$$ .0  
59-22.0  $$.$$
60-22.0  $$.$$
61-22.0  $$.$$
62-22.0  $$.$$
63-22.0  $$.$$
64-22.0  $$.$$
65-22.0  $$.$$
66-22.0  $$.$$
67-22.0  $$.$$
68-22.0  $$.$$
69-22.0  $$.$$
70-22.0  $$.$$
71-22.0  $$.$$
72-22.0  $$.$$
73-22.0  $$.$$
74-22.0  $$.$$
75-22.0  $$.$$
76-22.0  $$.$$
77-22.0  $$.$$
78-22.0  $$.$$
79-22.0  $$.$$ center stand spring
80-22.0  $$.$$ drive chain
81-22.0  $$.$$ drive chain master link
82-22.0  $10.0 gas cap 30mm quarter-turn
83-22.0  $20.0 gas valve A15 12×1 spigot back
84-22.0  $$.$$
85-22.0  $$.$$
86-22.0  $$.$$
87-22.0  none   gas tank sticker 
88-22.0  none   choke sticker on foot plate
88.1-22  none   petcock sticker on gas tank
88.2-22  none   oil mix sticker on gas cap
88.4-22  none   #22 sticker on frame and foot rest sides

 


Model 38

Baretta model 38 parts different from model 22
0
1-38.0  none   frame (for long seat)
04-38.0  none   chain guard chrome
58-38.0  none   long seat
62-38.0  none   front fender chrome
63-38.0  none   rear fender chrome
77-38.0  $$.$$ rear shock
88.4-38  $$.$$ #38 sticker on frame and foot rest sides

 


Magnum

Baretta Magnum parts different from model 22
00
1-M   none   frame (for long seat and top tank)
04-38  none   chain guard chrome
05-M   none   gas tank
62-38  none   front fender chrome
63-38  none   rear fender chrome
68-M   none   tank rubber band
69-M   none   tank pad
77-38  none   rear shock
90-M   none   tank rubber grommet 
104-M $0.80 phillips screw M6 x 20 tank mount
105-M washer 6 x 18 tank mount
124-M tube spacer tank mount

 


Model 44

Baretta model 44 parts different from model 22
1-44.00  none   frame

30-44.0  none   headlamp bracket
58-44.0  none   solo seat
58-44.0  none   long seat
58.1-44  none   long seat bracket
62-44.0  none   
front fender stainless
63-44.0  none   rear fender stainless

77-44.0  none   rear shock

82-44.0  none   gas cap clamp-on, pop-up type
83-44.0  none   petcock 
88.3-44  none   sticker for air discharge valve
88.5-44  none   sticker for chain guard

 

 


Mag Wheels

Baretta mag wheel parts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baretta Floorboard

Baretta Floorboard
carb “hole” is original

Malaguti Floorboard

Malaguti Floorboard
this one is “slotted”

The Baretta and Malaguti floorboards look the same. The only difference is the bulge for the V1 or MO-1 start lever. Also the Cosmo Colt floorboard is like these, but with a different carb hole location. Piccoli probably made them, since that was their business.

 

 

 

 

 

Info Baretta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veglia smallBaretta components: Minarelli V1 engine 20(1.0hp), 25(1.5hp), 30mph(2.0hp) versions, Dellorto SHA 14/12 (or 14/9) carburetor, CEV lights and switches, Domino controls and levers, Grimeca hubs and brakes, CEV 6932 magneto, CEV or Veglia speedometer with LH driver. Gas cap for monotrave/tubone is clamp-on pop-up, for step-thru and top tank is 30mm qtr-turn.