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

Red Baron
6/2/2018 7:44:00 PM

I wish somebody would make a small 100-175cc street bike again. The styling of this one is Crazy man!

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!

The sound and the fury: celebrate the machines that changed the world!

Motorcycle Classics JulAug 16Motorcycle Classics is America's premier magazine for collectors and enthusiasts, dreamers and restorers, newcomers and life long motorheads who love the sound and the beauty of classic bikes. Every issue  delivers exciting and evocative articles and photographs of the most brilliant, unusual and popular motorcycles ever made!

Save Even More Money with our RALLY-RATE plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our RALLY-RATE automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5.00 and get 6 issues of Motorcycle Classics for only $29.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and I'll pay just $34.95 for a one year subscription!

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter