The Argentine company Franco Hermanos S.A.C.I.F. (Sociedad Anónima Comercial Industrial y Financiera) obtained the assets of the Siambretta S.A.I.C. (Sociedad Anónima Industrial y Comercial), which was part of SIAM Di Tella Ltda. In this way, it was able to manufacture tricycles under the Franbretta brand.
The Franco Hermanos company was born at the end of the fifties. It was a factory of frames for the motorcycle industry. Mainly for companies based in the province of Córdoba. Later, due to the vicissitudes of the motorcycle industry, they became suppliers of motorcycle parts.
In June 1966 the company Siambretta S.A.I.C. ceased the production of its line of scooters. With the closure of production came the purchase of assets and liabilities. This was done by the Franco Hermanos company.
The brand name Franbretta was born from the union of the surname Franco and the Lambretta brand. This Italian brand could not be used in the Argentine market, because it was sold to a company in India.
The production began in 1971 and what they did were the motorcycle trucks in different versions. They were mainly a pick-up and van. But there were also specialized models such as a mobile cafe or tipper.
The payload was 500 kilograms. The consumption declared by the factory was 4.7 liters per 100 kilometers. The gearbox had four forward gears and also had a reverse gear. The 3-wheelers were very useful for a cargo and delivery jobs. In the old advertisement it is mentioned that its operating cost was 40% lower than that of a four-wheeler. It also had a sales value that was half that type of utility.
The total quantity produced of this vehicle model is unknown.
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