Benelli was founded in Pesaro in 1911, an Italian brand since its inception, Solo i Motori degli scooter they are of Chinese origin.
It is 1911 when the widow Teresa Boni Benelli decides to open a mechanical workshop to guarantee a future for her children Giuseppe, Giovanni, Filippo, Francesco, Domenico and Antonio “Tonino” Benelli; initially spare parts for cars and motorcycles were manufactured but, thanks to the foresight of the "six", in 1919 the first two-stroke engine applied to the front fork of a bicycle saw the light. The Velomotore, the first real motorcycle signed by Benelli, arrived in 1921 with a 98 cc two-stroke engine, brought - two years later - to 147 cc. It is with her that Tonino, the youngest of the six brothers, begins to collect victories by spreading the name Benelli on the competition fields.
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In 1926 Giuseppe Benelli designed a motorcycle with a 4-stroke 175 cc engine characterized by an overhead camshaft distribution controlled by what was defined as "a cascade of four gears" capable of guaranteeing performance superior to that of a larger engine. , allowing Tonino to win the title of Italian Champion in the years '27, '28, '30 and '31. The success in the tenders had repercussions on sales which increased to the point of moving the production site to the headquarters of the Molaroni sawmill in what is now Viale Mameli. Two new motorcycle racing, a two-shaft 250 and a 500 cc, arrived in 1934 but, also for Benelli, the beginning of the second World War marked the conversion from civil to military production. The bombings destroyed the factory and the company, which at the peak of its success had 800 employees, reducing the production base to a pile of rubble. The brothers recovered the machinery and even a thousand motorcycles left by the allies on the gearboxes
battle, starting a conversion from military to civilian vehicles; in '47 Benelli also became active again in the world of competitions. The following year the construction of motorcycles was resumed and, at the same time, the rider Dario Ambrosini was hired who won a world title in the 250 cc class and an Italian Speed ​​Championship title. At the end of the 40s his brother Giuseppe left the company: thus the Motobì motorcycles were born characterized by a particular 2 and 4-stroke egg engine (in various displacements) which decreed a great commercial and sporting success, winning more than 1000 races in the production derivative category between the 50s and 60s. 1951 is the year of presentation of the famous Benelli Leoncino with which the Bolognese Tartarini won the first Motogiro in Italy; in '61 - on the occasion of the first fiftieth anniversary - the motorcycle crisis begins to be felt and the merger between the Benelli brand and Motobì takes place. Those were epic years marked by numerous victories in the Italian Speed ​​Championship by Silvio Grassetti from Pesaro, Tarquinio Provini from Emilia and Renzo Pasolini from Rimini; the Australian Kelvin Carruthers, on the other hand, won the world championship title in the 250 cc in '69. In 1971, the great "Mike the bike" Hailwood took part in the Pesaro Mobili Trophy riding an old
Benelli 350 finishing second behind the three-cylinder MV driven by Giacomo Agostini; in 72 Jarno Saarinen won the 350 and 500 cc classes riding the brand new 4-cylinder Benelli In 1972 the Pesaro-based company was bought by Alejandro De Tomaso, a well-known Argentine entrepreneur, who expanded and relaunched the range by introducing the first bike six-cylinder and 750 cc
available on the market; the years that followed were characterized by the advance of Japanese manufacturers that led Benelli to an inexorable decline and which stopped in 1988 when the Pesaro industrialist Giancarlo Selci took over the company by restarting the production of mopeds
So, Devil and Scooty. After the first signs of recovery, the decline made itself felt again. In 1995 the Merloni group of Fabriano acquired the majority stake: the ownership began the relaunch work with the introduction of the famous Benelli 491 scooter. Then followed the sporty Tornado 900 and
the TnT 1130 cc with three-cylinder engine which marked a new stylistic course but which, unfortunately, again was not enough to save the fortunes of the company. We have to wait until 2005 to see Benelli in the hands of the Chinese group QJ, a giant based in Wenling where 14 people produce more than 1.2000.000 million motor vehicles every year in a factory that is the size of a city.

The Velomotre is the progenitor of Benelli production; followed by the 175 cc of 1927 declined in numerous versions and the first 500 Turismo of 1933. The 60s saw the birth of the Tornado, a 650cc maxi twin cylinder while, in 1971, the icon that took the name of Benelli Leoncino arrived; the same thing can be said for the 750 Sei of '75, the first six-cylinder available on the market. Recent years bring to mind the 2002 Benelli Tornado Tre sports car and the naked evolution TnT Cafè Racer with the 1130 engine from 2006. Under the QJ management we are witnessing the relaunch of the brand with the creation of the new Leoncino and Leoncino Trail flanked by the on-off TRK502 and the naked BN125, 302S and 251. The 302R fairing completes the offer.




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