Date of the basis of the Aermacchi company considered 1912, however, then to motorcycles it had no relation. The enterprise let out military and civil planes for the Italian Air Force. But after defeat in the Second World War of Italy forbade to let out planes.
Aermacchi threatened bankruptcy and elimination therefore adjustment of release of other production was the unique exit. In the beginning McKee stopped on cars. The first model - the MB1 truck with three wheels was let out even. To pass to release of motorcycles the designer who has come to Aermacchi of Lino Tonti advised. The model combining in elements of a motorcycle and the scooter became his first idea original the then. It was equipped with an open frame and the one-cylinder engine in volume in 125 cubic centimetres. The motorcycle of Macchi-125N reached the maximum speed in 70 kilometres per hour.
In 1954 release of a new series 125 began. In it Monsone and the two-cylinder car let out in Aermacchi with a two-stroke engine in volume entered for the first time into 250 cubic centimetres 125U Hiblie, the transforming scooter 125N Chinio, a small motorcycle 125М.
Up to 1955 of changes in a model range it was not brought any more while at the Milan exhibition «Bicycles and motorcycles» the Aermacchi-Himera model was not presented. It was designed by Alfredo Bianka who was the employee Parilla&Astoria, come instead of Lino Tonti which had a serious conflict to the administration. The Himera model was courageous development.
Seat and fuel tank association in an integral acting in film element became the main innovation, and the 175-kubovy four-cycle engine of a design of Mario Speluzzi was closed by an external casing. Mario de Beaumont was engaged in original design of a body. The public met this motorcycle with delight, and it was on sale in large quantities up to removal of model from production in 1964.
In 1957 production of two new Zeffiro and Corsaro scooters, equipped three - and four-speed transmissions respectively began. That is strange, for the unknown reasons, in sale they did not arrive. In a year Himera was improved. On it the engine in volume in 250 cubic centimetres, in particular, was established. The same motor decided to establish and on other motorcycles, such as Ala Rosso and Ala D’Oro.
Old tradition of Aermacchi is participation in various races. For the first time the company exposed the motorcycle on Gran-Pri Route in 1958. Subsequently they it is constant завоёвывали medals of various advantages – both on tracks, and on cross-country races. That is interesting, on motorcycles «Aermacchi-Harley-Davidson» marking was specified.
In those days, by the way, one of the brightest racers acting on Aermacchi, were Pasolini and Saaronen. Both of them were lost on the route in Monza, in one of the most terrible mass failures in the history of races.
1960 was marked by release of the new Ala Verde model which was equipped with the same 250-kubovy engine which became, in essence, an Aermacchi symbol. This model – the most known Aermacchi model among all which ever participated in races. Other motorcycle with the motor in 500 cubic centimetres was let out also. It was intended it only for cross-country races.
In 1960 it was declared cooperation with Harley-Davidson and the basis of the new company Aermacchi-Harley-Davidson. And in 1961 the joint project of a motorcycle of Viskonsin which was exported more often to the USA and Canada was developed. In two years the Brezza scooter went on sale, having forced out in a consequence the laid-off bike of the Zeffiro model. However almost right there was Zeffiretto moped.
Specially for Milan show the 125-kubovy Alechta model modernised later to racing version 125 Alechta Oro was let out. The special order of a police motorcycle became the last for Aermacchi. After that, in 1972, the Harley-Davidson company redeemed remained in possession of the previous owners of the company of an action. Everything returned into place. Aermacchi began to be engaged in production of military planes again. Still later plants of the company became a basis of other motorcycle company Kadjiva.1 - 9
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