Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson 1972ca Scrambler 344cc 1 cyl  ohv 3311



Aermacchi / Harley-Davidson 1972ca Scrambler 344cc  ohv single  frame # 252084 engine # SS 3834

Formerly known as Aeronautica Macchi, the company was founded in 1912 by Giulio Macchi at Varese in north-western Lombardy as Nieuport-Macchi, to build Nieuport monoplanes under license for the Italian military. With a factory located on the shores of Lake Varese, the firm originally manufactured a series of Nieuport designs, as well as seaplanes. After World War II, the company began producing utility three-wheelers and motorcycles as a way to fill the post-war need for cheap, efficient transportation. With the Japanese motorcycle invasion taking hold, Harley-Davidson needed something competitive in the small bike segment. The options: further development of their 165cc two-stroke single or a completely new design — or buy a turnkey business. Aermacchi fitted the bill to a tee: they built a sturdy and competent 250cc bike (derived from Alfredo Bianchi’s futuristic 175cc Chimera of 1955) with good performance and lots of development potential. Better yet, Aermacchi’s parent company, Aeronautica Macchi, wanted to focus on its airplane business, and was keen to divest its bike operations so in 1960 Harley bought a 50 percent share. The American factory assumed complete control in 1974 but sold Aermacchi to Cagiva in 1978.

During the sixties various 250 cc scrambler models were marketed and by 1970 also machines in the 350 cc class became available. Very often these machines were customized by their owners. This scrambler is fitted with Marzocchi front forks and two-leading shoe front brake. She’s in running condition.