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IMC Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Italian Marque

Manufactured by Industrie Meccaniche Calzolari, 1954-1957

Address: Via Emilia Ponente 207/6, Bologna

Founders: Angelo Calzolari, Liliana Gambarini, Marco Pagliano, Alberto Gregorini

Based in Vignola, the IMC firm built their first micromotor in 1949, and patented it in 1951. These engines were supplied to Alfredo Focesi of Milan who presented them under the Gloria brand at the XXVII Salone di Milano in 1949.

IMC 48 engines were also sold to Paglianti and to Pietro Negrini, who moved his company from Bologna to Vignola in 1949.

Around 1954 IMC constructed mopeds under its own name. In 1954 they opened a branch in Bologna, in Via Emilia Ponente, but sales were slow and bankruptcy ensued in 1957.

Source: Museo del Patrimonio Industriale, Bologna