A Brief History of the Marque
Alessandro Anzani (1877 - 1956) was an aviation pioneer of Italian heritage who built engines in France while working with Buchet, among others. He formed his own company in 1906 to build aircraft engines, one of which powered Bleriot's flight across the English Channel in 1909.
Many motorcycles were built powered by the Anzani, and some he built himself. One of the Buchet racing machines was powered by a three cylinder Anzani of 1200cc with the cylinders spaced at 45°. Under his own name he developed a new version of this with the cylinders spaced at 72°. In the early 1970s a very sad example of the 216 degree V3 was rescued from a scrapyard and lovingly restored.
Later he moved back to Italy and created a motorcycle company there. See Anzani (Italy)
Sources: Guélon Collection
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