Aermacchi was an Italian aircraft manufacturer. Formerly known as Aeronautica Macchi, the company was founded in 1912 by Giulio Macchi at Varese in north-western Lombardy as Nieuport-Macchi, to build Nieuport monoplanes under licence for the Italian military. With a factory located on the shores of Lake Varese, the firm originally manufactured a series of Nieuport designs, as well as seaplanes After World War II, the company began producing motorcycles as a way to fill the post-war need for cheap, efficient transportation. The company later specialised in civil and military pilot training aircraft. In July 2003, Aermacchi was integrated into the Finmeccanica Group (now Leonardo) as Alenia Aermacchi, which increased its shareholding to 99%. In 1960, US business Harley-Davidson motorcycles purchased 50% of Aermacchi’s motorcycle division. The Italian branch of the brand was named ‘Aermacchi-Harley-Davidson’ and the first bike was a variation of the ‘Ala Verde’ suitably modified for the American market. This was also the year that the Chimera ceased production. The remaining motorcycle holdings were sold in 1974 to AMF-Harley-Davidson, with motorcycles continuing to be made at Varese. The business was sold to Cagiva in 1978.
This little sweetheart is a very rare 1966 250 Ala D’Oro tribute, with matching numbers and BC registration. No expense spared with new components including; custom gas tank, petcocks, cap, seat and fenders from Italy, Tomasselli levers/perches, drag bars, sport bike gel grips, tires, tubes, wheel bearings, brake shoes, rear shocks, chain, custom alloy shouldered wheels and stainless spokes from Buchanans, 26MM Mikuni carb with pod filter, cables, ignition switch, battery, lights and wiring. Has Honda 2LS front brake/hub, custom rear sets, Redwing forks, and candy apple paint. Actual mileage is unknown. This is a real head turner that comes with an electric paddock starter and front wheel stand. The bike is located in Ladysmith BC and is offered at $8500.