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Vincenzo Azzariti

A Brief History of the Italian Marque

Italian engineer Vincenzo Azzariti anticipated Ducati with his desmodromic 173cc OHC single of 1930, developed for Benelli who housed it in a prototype.

This was followed in 1934 by a 348cc bevel-drive DOHC desmo 350 twin with 360 degree crank. This remarkable engine had a bore and stroke of 62 x 57 mm and displaced 344cc.



Double Overhead Cam
Many variations incuding belt, chain and bevel drive

Sources: Tragatsch p81,, MC Storico Conti

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