Padova, Italy

Updated 4.27.2017

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Aldo Moser riding Torpado circa 1954-56

Cleto Maule on Torpado circa 1954-58
Torpado team & car 1959

Torpado dates from 1895 when founded by Carlo Torresini in Padua. The name derives from Torresini & Padua…

The brand became especially noteworthy during the 1950s & 60s, the era of Coppi & Bartali. They were sponsors of major international teams and were the second largest cycle maker in Italy. Torpado also made motorcycles from the 1950s until the 1970s.

Torpado was family owned until the early 1980s when Agrati-Garelli first bought 49% and later completely bought out the Torresini family. Shortly thereafter, around 1987, bicycle production was ceased. In the 1970’s & 80’s, the Agrati-Garelli Corp. in South Carolina (along with Batavus) imported these bikes into the USA.

Top-of-the-line models had beautifully crafted frames with routed out dropout faces, internal rear gear cable, shaped and engraved lugs & bottom bracket shell. The signature/team color was called “Celeste.” Not the green “celeste” of Bianchi, but a light turquoise-inclined pearlescent blue, more true to the meaning, “Sky Blue.”

Even the lower priced models had much detail work and, again, were nicer than many famous make “pro” bikes of that period.

Torpado was also the contract builder of Italvega bikes sold in the United States, the project running from the early 1970s to the late 1970s.

In 2001 the Torpado brand was acquired Cycles Esperia (Esperia Group) Cavarzere, Italy, which also owns Bottecchia, Graziella, Plaster and Fondreist.

David Belinky's 1974 track bike

An illustration used in advertising of the Torpado Superlight model

An early 1980s catalog for bikes imported into the USA

Scans courtesy Mark Bulgier

1986 TORPADO ORO show special

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Marc Schechterman's mod. Nuovo Sprint bike