The Carabela factory in Mexico City started making bikes around 1960 using Minarelli engines, they were assembled in Mexico from mainly Italian components for the US market. Later, around 1966 they made complete motorcycles, the engines were all two stroke. In 1970 Carabela produced a full range of off-road motorcycles, from the "Callente” to the 200cc “Carrera”, all built around a solid looking frame that copied the Maico MX125. By 1975 Carabela had enough of the MX market in the United States, and went back to producing 3 wheeled work trucks and taco wagons for the domestic market in Mexico.