Author: Mick Walker. It tells the story of one of Italy's premiere post-war marques. With a history steeped in aviation including the Mc72 World Speed Record holder and World War Ii fighters, Aermacchi began building motorcycles in 1950. At the 1956 Milan Show the futuristic Chimera, an ohv horizontal single with enclosed bodywork was launched. Later in the decade the Chimera was undressed to create some of Italy's best sports and racing machines, including the Ala Verde and the Ala d'Oro. In 1960 Harley Davidson bought 50 percent of Aermacchi then in 1978 the Varese factory was sold to Cagiva. A number of Aermacchi personalities have contributed to this book, giving it additional authority. Contents: Before Bikes, Early Motorcycles, Chimera, Ala Rossa-Ala Verde, Wet-Clutch Racers, Transatlantic Partnership, Off-Road Competition, Dry-Clutch Racers, European Roadsters, The Linto Project, Two-stroke Racers, End of the Road, The Classic Rebirth & Index.