Date of Manufacture: 1973
Engine Size: 650CC
In 1911 three brothers opened a small workshop only to become one of Italy's most famous and oldest motorcycle marquees. The workshop initially did repairs to automobiles, motorcycles and oddly enough, firearms. Shortly after opening the shop the brothers began to produce parts for automobiles and aircraft for the war effort. After the war, the need for cheap and efficient transportation prompted Benelli to build small engines to be attached to regular bicycle frames. The engine was too powerful for most bikes frames to handle so the Benelli brothers designed their own frame to mount the engine becoming the first Benelli motorcycle.
The company saw many years of racing victories but the late 1960ís saw financial troubles for Benelli. The 650cc OHV Twin Tornado was just released when the company was taken over in 1971 by Argentinian industrialist, Alejandro de Tomaso, who also owned Moto Guzzi. The new ownership cut most lines of Benelli motorcycles but the Tornado survived. The company later went on to produce in-line 4 and 6 cylinder engines.
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