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Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.


1957 Aermacchi Chimera 175

1975 Aermacchi Chimera 175

1957 Aermacchi Chimera 175

Country: Italy
Engine: Air-cooled, horizontal single-cylinder
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power rating: 13 bhp
Bore and stroke: 60x61mm
Displacement: 172.4cc
Valves: Overhead pushrod-activated
Fuel system: Single Dell-Orto carburetor
Transmission: 4-speed
Suspension: Telescopic front forks and rear single shock
Brakes: Drum
Weight: 318lb.
Top speed: 65mph

1975 Aermacchi Chimera 175

Designed by Alfredo Bianchi from a sketch of "The Ultimate Motorcycle" by Count Mario Revelli, the Aermacchi Chimera (Dream) was certainly futuristic among classic Italian motorcycles. Its totally enclosed styling and rear single shock suspension were too radical for the Italian public and sales were poor. Redesigned as a sports machine, with conventional twin rear shocks and an exposed motor, sales improved. This motorcycle concept evolved into the Harley-Davidson Sprint models that are familiar to vintage motorcycle enthusiuasts in the USA.

1975 Aermacchi Chimera 175

mark johnson
10/25/2012 12:43:23 PM

From the viewpoint of a 1960's enthusiast, this really looks like Bizarro styling. I don't really like it but do appreciate it was an effort to give a certain kind of styling to a motorcycle. We should remember there were other examples of bodywork on certain models, which were also an effort to replace mechanical looks with sheet metal. I am thinking of Ariels, certain "bathtub" Triumphs, and Jawas. Thanks so much for showing off this one!