Ercole is Italian for Hercules – an appropriate name for this vintage three-wheeler that could carry nearly a ton of weight in the hydraulic bed. Some models came with a cab that could fit three, though this example was designed for a solo rider that would have to brave the weather.
“Hercules” had a 500cc OHV 4 stroke single heart with a 5-speed transmission that also included a reverse gear. The gear shifter was in a H-pattern a la an automobile rather than a motorcycle.
it utilized a magneto ignition and the payload was an impressive 1,800 pounds. This giant hunk of metal was able to get up to 35 mph, but just barely. Some of these bikes got an accessory cab made by an Italian firm named Ariasi, which came with doors and an interesting fabric roof, somewhat like today’s Fiat 500 – though the Ercole has a metal lattice framework.
This example (VIN: TC16573) was found in Italy with dry rotted tires and some rust on the bed. It’s currently as it was found in running condition. There’s some concrete residue on the bed and fenders – this was a working truck. It could be an interesting option for someone that wants a cool shop truck, or for a restoration as a show piece. Either way, find this Ercole for sale in McLouth, Kansas with bidding up to $3,050 and the reserve not yet met
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