Here is the Leoncino 125 by Benelli, the oldest motorbike manufacturer in Europe to still be in business today.
The company was indeed founded in Pesaro in 1911, when a lionhearted woman named Teresa Benelli, having lost her husband, decided to ensure her six children would have a job once they grew up. She decided to sell part of her land to set up a small workshop, where the six brothers gained experience by building their first engines.
Forty years later that brave beginning, in 1951, the two-stroke Leoncino 125 was born, with the royal, rampant feline that is the brand’s icon on its front fender.
After winning the first Motogiro of Italy in 1953, with Bologna-born pilot Leopoldo Tartarini, the Leoncino achieved fame and became a huge success in terms of sales.