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A 6 cylinder radial 45HP Aero engine.

was an engine manufacturer founded by the Alessandro Anzani (1877-1956), produced proprietary engines for cars. boats. and motorcycles in in Britain, France and Italy.

From his native Italy, moved to France where he involved in cycle racing. He on to motor cycles and designed and a record breaking lightweight In 1907 he set up a small workshop in with three staff and they were building his he designed a hydrofoil powered by one of his and propellers.

Aircraft engines

He supplied one of his to Enrico Forlanini and developed it into a three-cylinder, air cooled. engine ideal for the new aeroplanes. One of the engines, the 25hp Anzani W-3 or Fan was supplied to Louis Blériot who it on his successful crossing of the English in 1909.


Anzani Fan 3 in W-configuration: 3 variants of about 25 hp, 35 hp and 45 hp. Y-type radial with 3 at 120 o Anzani 4-cylinder water-cooled 35 hp at 1,600 rpm Anzani 6 6 cylinder two row about 45 hp at 1,300 rpm Anzani 10 10 two row radial, about 100 hp Anzani 20 20 four row radial, about 200 hp

New factories

Demand for the engines to grow and the original Paris was replaced by a new factory at Courbevoie. and one in London was also added as as licensed production by other Another factory at Monza . was added in 1914.

Motor racing

In 1920 turned to motor racing and a small car with one of his 750 cc two cylinder air cooled of course, which won competitions. They also a 1098cc cyclecar between and 1924.

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Sale of factories

On his birthday in 1927 Anzani to sell his factories in Paris and keeping only the Monza for sentimental reasons, and managed by Baccanti.

British Anzani

In the UK, British outsourced the manufacture of their to Coventry Ordnance Works In the 1920s it was refinanced as British Engine Company and then as British Anzani Engineering concentrating on small engines and car and powerplants.

They supplied AC with the 1496cc side-valve cylinder (that would AC’s famous 2-litre Frazer-Nash with an 1496cc ohv Morgan Motor Company a V-twin. and Squire with the R1 cam engine. Their most known products came to be in lawnmowers and outboard engines. and Greeves motorcycles used motors.

In later years the company In the years after World War II the main product was the ‘Iron a two-wheeled pedestrian-controlled ploughing and light tractor. In time, versions with the driver on the front of the vehicle were

The company became the British Group . and was trading under name when it went liquidation in 1980.

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