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Aermacchi has a history in aircraft manufacture, Macchi formed the company in and the company built military for both World Wars. did not start building motorcycles 1951. One of their first into bike building was to Lino Tonti, formerly of and later, F B Mondial, Bianchi, and Moto Guzzi. Some of the bikes Tonti built for proceeded to break the world record for 50cc and 75cc in 1956.

That same year, released the Chimera (or Dream) motorcycle, designed by Albert with its enclosed engine and futuristic jet engine-like appearance.

The four-… 172.4cc displacement were mounted horizontally and an OHV cylinder head. Fueled by a Dell’orto carburetor and powered by a Marelli magneto, the engine generated slightly over at 6,500 RPM. The Chimera a four-speed transmission and chain to put the power to the rear 17-inch The front wheel was also and the bike had front and rear brakes.

The Chimera had telescopic front and a single rear shock to suspension for the rider. Total dry was 318 pounds. The bike was the hit of the 1956 motorcycle show, but the accolades it from the press did not translate into actual bike

Compared to other models of its the front fender looked it was hanging out in space, about 6 too high for the front wheel. The claimed it was designed this way to the suspension additional clearance in the it was taken off-road.

Although continued to build the Chimera, poor sales until very few were made. bought half of the company in and, under the new ownership the Chimera model was discontinued; the would later reappear in the Ala and Ala Rossa 175. This would eventually lead to the of successful Aermacchi bikes of the including the Ala D’oro and the Ala Verde as as the H-D Sprint series.

AMF/Harley-Davidson purchased the rest of the in 1972 and Aermacchi went on to win world championships: three in the class with their and one in the 350cc class, all under Walter Villa, in the mid-1970s.

Today, prized as display of design rather than scoots, intact Chimeras are Most are on display at motorcycling such as the Barber Motorsports In fact, a 1957 Aermacchi that is usually displayed at the Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, was the recent winner of the X-1 class for Italian motorcycles at the 2011 Beach Concours.

John Parham, the owner of JP and president of the National Motorcycle owns the Concours-winning example.

article originally appeared in the 2011 issue of Hemmings News.

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