Italian Motorcycles

Ancillotti Motorcycles

Made in Italy 1965 to 1985, and in 2010

A Brief History of the Marque

Founded by Ernesto Ancillotti in 1907, the firm built motor carriages for public transportation.

In 1938 Ernesto's son Gualtiero opened a workshop in a very fashionable neighbourhood of Florence at via Santa Monaca, San Frediano, having apprenticed at a nearby Harley Davidson dealership. Gualtiero Ancillotti had been involved in motorcycling for many years, and was a successful sidecar racer.

After the war he became well known for his modifications to army surplus WLA Harleys, adding rear suspension. In 1948 rear suspension was quite rare, so one may imagine the intense interest which such a machine generated.

His sons Alberto and Piero entered the business and in the early 1960s the firm began work on a Lambretta Innocenti racing machine, with spectacular results. In November 1966 at Elvington in England Alberto took the world records for the quarter mile and flying kilometre. The name Ancillotti subsequently became world famous.


In the 1960s the Florentine firm began production of motorcycles beginning with the Scarab Beta 50cc and 100cc models, which achieved considerable success in both Italian and international competition.

In 1967 the company name changed to Costruzioni Moto G. Ancillotti, new machines were designed and an agreement was reached with Beta to supply engines. Distribution was to be handled by the well-established Polini concern. The marque was introduced at the Milan Motor Show of 1967 on the Beta stand.

By 1973 the market was booming and Ancillotti established a new factory at Sambuca Val di Pesa, just outside of Florence. Here they built their own frames, and fitted engines from Hiro, Sachs and Tau.

Competition success was impressive, the marque winning many national titles and doing well in international motocross and endurance events. By 1975 the range included 250cc machines.

In the 1980s economic factors along with greatly increased competition from the Japanese led to a slowing of the market for Ancillotti, and in 1985 the factory ceased production.

The marque resurfaced in 2009 with new owners under the company name of Ancillotti Motor Cycles Srl . New models were announced, the Ancillotti 125 GA, the 125 GP, an enduro model and a 144GA.

Ancillotti Models include:

  • Beta RG-CR 50cc 1968-1973

    Hiro RG-CR 125cc 1977-1981

    Hiro RG-CR 250cc 1977-1981

    Minarelli 6M 50cc 1980-1982

    Minarelli RG-CR 80cc 1981-1982

    Minarelli RG-CR 80cc 1983-1985

    Morini New Cento 100cc 1967-1969

    Morini RG 50cc 1973-1975

    Morini RG 50cc 1976-1979

    Morini RG 50cc 1980-1982

    Polini 75cc 1976-1978

    Sachs CR-196M 50cc 1972-1979

    Sachs RG-195M 50cc 1970-1979

    Sachs RG-CR 125cc 1971-1976

    Tau CR 125cc 1982-1985

    Tau RG 125cc 1982-1985

    Trial 50cc 1976-1978

    Trial 125cc 1976-1978

    Villa RG 250cc 1981-1982

  • Sources: ancillotti.com, ancillottimotorcycles.it, et al

    Fri Oct 26 2007
    flinkmotors at hotmaildot com
    ANCILLOTTI 50CR 1977
    Hello.Here is my Ancillotti 50cr 1977.The engine are a 50cc sachs gs six-speed tuned maybe 13hk.Here in sweden we race on these bikes on weekends.
    Greetings Christer.

    Ancillotti  50CR 1977.jpg
    Ancillotti 50CR 1977

    Mon Feb 06 2006
    carlosnogueira at telefonica.net
    I need all information of Acillotti posible

    March 27, 2001
    Hi; I have a dirt bike Ancillotti year 1981, with Motori Minarelli engine. I would be very happy, if you could send me any information or pictures of this bike. I must say that this kind of bike is very powerful, and it goes about 95 Kmh. Thanks a lot. -- simon.sustar at siol.net

    August 26, 1999
    I'm trying to trace the logo/trademark of Ancillotti, makers of scooter seats and exhaust systems. I am producing some decorative panels for a new bar in Bath (based on the theme of scooters); having found artwork for all the other makes, Lambretta etc., I seem to have drawn a blank on Ancillotti - can you help, or put me in touch with anyone who might be able to?
    Regards -- Pete Campbell -- pjc at communart.demon.co.uk

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