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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 early 1960's Gualtiero designed various frames for go-karts, and also developed an ingenious alternative transmission system for them. Engines employed were 125cc units from Rumi, MV Agusta and Devil, and later from Bultaco. Piero, the eldest son, achieved success on the track with the Bultaco-powered karts.


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.

Ancilloti swept the Italian 125 championship in 1971, with the Florentine riders Curradi, Mercandelli and Piergentili taking the first three places.

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:

RG-CR 50cc Beta, 1968-1973

RG-100 Beta, 1968-1969

RG-CR 125cc Hiro 1977-1981

RG 125 Sachs 1968-1975

RG-CR 250cc Hiro 1977-1981

50cc Minarelli 6M 1980-1982

RG-CR 80cc Minarelli 1981-1982

RG-CR 80cc Minarelli 1983-1985

New Cento 100cc Morini 1967-1969

RG 50cc Morini 1973-1975

RG 50cc Morini 1976-1979

RG 50cc Morini 1980-1982

75cc Polini 1976-1978

CR-196M 50cc Sachs 1972-1979

RG-195M 50cc Sachs 1970-1979

RG-CR Sachs 125cc 1971-1976

CR 125cc Tau 1982-1985

RG 125cc Tau 1982-1985

Trial 50cc 1976-1978

Trial 125cc 1976-1978

RG 250cc Villa 1981-1982

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

Fri Oct 26 2007

flinkmotors at hotmaildot com
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.

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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