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Anzani was an engine manufacturer founded by the Italian Alessandro Anzani (1877-1956). The company produced proprietary engines for aircraft, cars, boats, and motorcycles in factories in Britain, France and Italy.
In the UK, British Anzani outsourced the manufacture of their engines to Coventry Ordnance Works. In the 1920s it was refinanced as British Vulpine Engine Co and then again as British Anzani Engine Co concentrating on small engines and car and motorcycle powerplants.
They supplied AC Cars with the 1,496cc side-valve four cylinder (that would become their famous 2-litre motor), Frazer-Nash with an 1,496cc ohv engine, Morgan with a V-twin, and Squire with the R1 twin cam engine. Their most well known products came to be in motorcycles, lawnmowers and outboard engines.
In later years the company diversified and as the British Anzani Group it finally went into liquidation in 1980.
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