From planes to motorcycles, Aero Caproni, built their first motorcycle in 1950. In conjunction with Ducati, Aero Caproni introduced to Italy, the Capriolo 75.
The Capriolo 75 was released in 1951 as the first Aero Caproni, but most certainly not the least. With German styling, the 75 was an immediate success in the world of motorcycles. This first model was just another of many fine examples of Italian automotive engineering.
Production changes from Aero Caproni, were subtle with almost invisible changes from year to year, and were also available under the name badge of Aeromere.
Aeromere, Caprilolo and Aero Caproni, are one in the same.
The robustness of the Capriolo Motorcycles made them a perfect candidate for motorcycle racing, so with their production model, Aeromere, they entered many long distance races through out the mid 1950's.
Aero Caproni's next model was not released until 1953, with a horizontally opposed 150cc twin. This model, although a success, only sold several hundred units during its 3 year reign as Aero Caproni's baby.
In 1957, the motorcycle division of Aero Caproni, spun loose under the name of Aeromere. Under the new name of Aeromere, the company released several models of motorcycles, scooters and tricycles.
By 1962, the Aero Caproni's motorcycle production was over. The 1960's were well known in the motorcycle arenas, as a very bad time for any Italian motorcycle manufacturer.
In an attempt to recover from the motorcycle crisis, Aero Caproni, attempted to offer a hybrid car, powered by one of their horizontally opposed engines, but was to no avail, and the company had no choice but to close down for good.
All but one of their original 49cc motorcycles, had been destroyed, the remaining one was given to Milano Taranto in 1950, where it is still in original condition, as an example of the detail and luxury of the Aeromere/Capriolo motorcycles, and the era that they represented for the Italian motorcycle industry.
Original Authors: Nicholas
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 04/06/2008