This book is the third in the Redline books Enthusiasts Series. It tells the story of one of Italy's premiere post-war marques. With a history steeped in aviation, including the MC72 World Speed Record holder and World War II fighters, Aermacchi began building motorcycles in 1950. At the 1956 Milan Show, the futuristic Chimera, an ohv horizontal single with enclosed bodywork was launched. Later in the decade the Chimera was 'undressed' to create some of Italy's best sports and racing machines, including the Ala Verde and the Ala d'Oro. In 1960 Harley Davidson bought 50% of Aermacchi, and then in 1978 the Varese factory was sold to Cagiva. A number of Aermacchi personalities have contributed to this book, giving it additional authority.
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5-speed gearbox Aermacchi Ala d’Oro Ala Rossa Ala Verde Alberto Pagani alloy head aluminium crankcases barrel bike Bill Webster Brands Hatch Bultaco Cagiva camshaft carb carburettor Ceriani Chimera circuit Classic Manx Comp ratio compression ratio Dell’Orto drum Dry weight dry-clutch Ducati engine Final drive finished frame front brake front forks Front suspension Fuel capacity Full width Harley-Davidson Honda horizontal single ignition inch Italian lightweight Linto long-stroke Lubrication Macchi machine Mallory Park Manx Grand Manx Grand Prix Maximum power Mike Hailwood Moto Guzzi motor motorcycle mudguard MV Agusta Norton Pasolini piston-port Primary drive production pushrod racer Racing Motorcycles Rear brake Rear suspension Renzo Pasolini ride rider road roadster roller bearing big-end Seat height short-stroke single cylinder Snetterton Sprint H swinging arm Syd Lawton tank telescopic fork Top speed two-stroke Tyres unit construction valve Varese Walter Villa wet-clutch whilst Yamaha Zeffiro