In January 1907 the Macchi Brothers of Varese, the Banca di Legnano and the Wolseley Motor Car Ltd. founded Wolsit (Wolseley Italiana), with the aim of producing the famous British cars in Italy under license.
It took the Harley-Davidson Co. about 12 years to develop their motorcycles from a single cylinder belt driven single 3 HP machine to the 45 degree V-twin with 3-speed countershaft gearbox that was marketed in 1915.
The 247 cc BMW R27, introduced in 1960, was the last shaft-driven, single-cylinder motorcycle manufactured by BMW. Based largely on the R26, in 1960 the R27 added rubber mounts for the engine and boosted power to 18 hp (13 kW).
The outbreak of WW2 in 1939 brought production of all Series A models to a halt, and when Vincent resumed production at the war’s…
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