THE FUTURISTIC AERMACCHI CHIMERA caused a sensation when it was launched at the 1956 Milan show. Under the easily removable alloy and pressed-steel bodywork was some slick engineering. The o.h.v. engine had a horizontal cylinder and was available first in 175 and then 250cc capacities.
The frame was a tubular spine with rear suspension controlled by a single shock absorber mounted almost horizontally above the spine. Unfortunately the design was not a sales success, and it was only when the designer, Alfredo Bianchi, stripped away the bodywork and replaced the rear suspension with a conventional system that Aermacchi achieved sales and racing success.
|Model:||Aermacchi Chimera 250|
|Power output:||16 bhp|
|Top speed:||80 mph (130 km/h)|
|Country of origin:||Italy|