The story of Aermacchi through the centuries

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From family-run body shop to aircraft, two-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles maker: the long story of Aermacchi and the joint venture with Harley-Davidson in 1960.

The Aermacchi company has very deep roots. It was founded in Varese in the second half of the 1800s by Giovanni and Agostino Macchi. At the beginning, it was just a family-run workshop, named Carrozzeria Macchi. It is here that the great “car stylist” Flaminio Bertoni gained his first working experience before flying to France and achieving success with Citroën.

Over time, Macchi's production began to vary, ranging from land vehicles to aircraft. In 1945 the company created the three-wheeler van Macchi MB1 (or Macchitre), immediately appreciated by carriers for its original features and its comfort. 1950 marks the beginning of the adventure in the world of the two wheels, with the production of motorcycles designed to establish speed records. An even bigger joint venture with Harley-Davidson, already a world-renowned brand, will last from 1960 to 1972.

In the 1970s the company suffered decline and its history intersected with that of Cagiva, a small metal hardware maker that in 1978 purchased Aermacchi, thus entering the world of motorcycle races. Cagiva then used the Aermacchi workforce and know-how to revive MV Agusta, a prestigious brand that still speaks for itself.

 

The Aermacchi company has very deep roots. It was founded in Varese in the second half of the 1800s by Giovanni and Agostino Macchi. At the beginning, it was just a family-run workshop, named Carrozzeria Macchi. It is here that the great “car stylist” Flaminio Bertoni gained his first working experience before flying to France and achieving success with Citroën.

 

Over time, Macchi's production began to vary, ranging from land vehicles to aircraft. In 1945 the company created the three-wheeler van Macchi MB1 (or Macchitre), immediately appreciated by carriers for its original features and its comfort. 1950 marks the beginning of the adventure in the world of the two wheels, with the production of motorcycles designed to establish speed records. An even bigger joint venture with Harley-Davidson, already a world-renowned brand, will last from 1960 to 1972.

 

In the 1970s the company suffered decline and its history intersected with that of Cagiva, a small metal hardware maker that in 1978 purchased Aermacchi, thus entering the world of motorcycle races. Cagiva then used the Aermacchi workforce and know-how to revive MV Agusta, a prestigious brand that still speaks for itself.