The Capriolo Cento 50 flat twin

With Phil Aynsley

The previous column talked about the Capriolo 75. This week an even more unusual Capriolo is featured.

Capriolo PA Cento
A rare Capriolo is this Cento 50

The Cento 50 (150) was debuted at the Milan Show in 1953 and is a rare example of a non-BMW influenced flat twin and also the smallest capacity such design to make production.

Capriolo PA Cento
The Cento 50 was notable for the 150 flat twin powerplant

The pressed steel frame was very similar to the 75’s and the motor also carried over some features, such as usage of face-cams. The pressed steel Earles fork of the prototype was replaced by a normal telescopic fork for production.

Capriolo PA Cento
The chassis was also similar to the Capriolo 75’s

Notable advanced features included indicators within the tail light and a neutral indicator light. A single carburettor was used, partially housed within the rear of the engine unit for a very clean appearance. Output was 8 hp and top speed was 95 km/h.

 

Capriolo PA Cento
Power output was 8hp, enough for a top speed of 95km/h

Two versions were produced, with the later (coming in 1955) being easily distinguished by the full width brakes.

Capriolo PA Cento
Capriolo Cento 50

Production ceased in 1956. Only some 500 were built making this sophisticated motorcycle highly collectable.

Capriolo PA Cento
Only 500 of the Cento 50 were made in two versions, making them very collectable
Capriolo PA Cento
Capriolo Cento 50