Mad Men, Pan-Am, & Aermacchi

1960 Aermacchi Chimera 250cc motorcycle; the beginning of Aermacchi's 15 year ill-fated H-D affiliation exporting as re-badged mini-hogs.

This 1960 Aermacchi 250cc motorcycle makes me laugh and drool at the same time. It’s gorgeous, a marvel of rocket design, but how did it handle in the corners or at speed on American highways? Reminds me of the ’59 Cadillac I always wanted. [I’d have settled for a ’60 model.]

Check out the blue 1961 model Chimera 175 with sidecar here. Maybe a sidecar helped it handle better?

A source for all sorts of rare and custom motorcycle designs: Here

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