History of the Pacer Moped Brand

 

1951
Fabbrica Bolognese Motocicli (F.B.M.) founded in Bologna, Italy.
Fabbrica Bolognese Motocicli (F.B.M.) founded in Bologna, Italy.

Franco Morini and Vittorio Minarelli found a motorcycle company named Fabbrica Bolognese Motocicli (F.B.M.) – Source(https://motoriminarelli.it/en/about-us/)

1954
F.B.M. begins to produce 48 CC moped engines.
F.B.M. begins to produce 48 CC moped engines.

F.B.M. begins to produce 48 cc moped engines in addition to motorcycles. – Source(https://motoriminarelli.it/en/about-us/)

1956
F.B.M. Stops motorcycle production
F.B.M. Stops motorcycle production

F.B.M. Stops motorcycle production and focuses full-time on the production of 2-stroke moped and motorcycle engines. – Source(https://motoriminarelli.it/en/about-us/)

Franco Morini Establishes Morini Franco Motori in Bologna, Italy.
Franco Morini Establishes Morini Franco Motori in Bologna, Italy.

F.B.M. founders go their separate ways each founding their own company. Vittorio Minarelli founds F.B.Minarelli (Later Motori Minarelli) and Franco Morini establishes Morini Franco Motori.

1970
Portofino International, Inc. opens for business in New York
Portofino International, Inc. opens for business in New York

55 Lamar St, West Babylon, NY 11704 – (Address from flyer) – Founding date taken from NYs Department of State Division of Corporations

1972
Italtelai is Founded
Italtelai is Founded

Italtelai is established near Bologna, Italy and begins building mopeds with Morini Franco Motori engines for export. AKA: Italtelai – SAS Di Piazza Silvano & C.

Location of the Morini Franco Motori and Italtelai companies.

1976
The Pacer is Born
The Pacer is Born

Portofino International, Inc. begins importing mopeds from Italtelai and begins selling them under the brand name, Pacer.

Pacer mopeds came in three different models.

Pacer Deluxe

Pacer Sport

Pacer Super Sport

1978
Portofino International, Inc. becomes Portofino Moped & Bicycle International, Inc.

Portofino International, Inc. becomes Portofino Moped & Bicycle International, Inc. and moves to 495 Smith St, Farmingdale New York.

1980
PMBI sells the Pacer name and inventory to Aeon International Corporation
PMBI sells the Pacer name and inventory to Aeon International Corporation

PMBI sells the Pacer name and inventory to Aeon International Corporation, AIC, at 2165 Fifth Ave, Ronkonkoma, New York

1982
Aeon International Corporation sells the Pacer name and parts to Marina Mobili, Inc.
Aeon International Corporation sells the Pacer name and parts to Marina Mobili, Inc.

146 W Commercial Ave, Moonachie New Jersey 07074

1990
Marina Mobili, Inc. imports and distributes Pacer mopeds and parts to US moped shops ending around 1990
Marina Mobili, Inc. imports and distributes Pacer mopeds and parts to US moped shops ending around 1990

Parts and bikes are still available in the US from dealers but are no longer being imported.

2050
The Pacer Lives On
The Pacer Lives On

While Pacer Mopeds are no longer being manufactured, They are still being enjoyed all over the US by enthusiastic vintage moped riders such as, The Wandering Pacer.

*Dates and details are taken from various researched sources but should not be treated as cold hard facts. 😉

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