Another Milanese scooter – the ISO

ISO Factory, Milano.
ISO Factory, Milano.

Iso Rivolta began before World War 2 Isothermos as a manufacturer of refrigeration units. Post war however, they joined numerous other Italian companies in mobilising the masses.

Iso’s first vehicles were small capacity motorcycles and some basic looking scooters, but in 1958 they launched their new 150 scooter (also to be their last), which blended the style of both Milanese rivals Lambretta and Piaggio’s Vespa, resulting in a rather tasty looking machine.

With a 2-stroke, 4-speed engine and a claimed top speed of 50mph, it’s 3.50×10 wheels were the same size as the best Lambrettas and Vespas of the day and it’s spec comparable, so you can only presume that Iso simply weren’t big enough to take on Innocenti or Piaggio at this stage – or that they’d rather concentrate on the bubble-cars they also produced at that stage.

By the way, known as the Iso Milano in the UK, this is assumed to be a mistake made at the time by someone reading the manufacturer’s badge complete with city of origin and coming up with an incorrect assumption.

5 thoughts on “Another Milanese scooter – the ISO

  1. Hi I’ve just purchased one of these beautiful machines and I’m having trouble finding spares , eg bearings lights and ancillaries , any help would be very welcome . Thank you

    1. Try Casa Lambretta in Italy although bearings should be easy with a bearing number from any bearing shop in the uk. Parts like the lights may be generic too if you’re lucky.
      The Vintage Motor Scooter Scooter Club In The uk may also help you (both have links through other posts on here).
      Good luck and send us some photos when you’re done.

  2. I hope u can help me
    What i want find it carburator, clutch coupling, and emblem for the iso milano
    Iam from indonesia

  3. In Argentina there are a lot of Iso Milano, and many spare parts available. Search Iso Milano Facebook groups, and try using a Spanish translator. Greetings!

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