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British Anzani Engine Co

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1909. Exhibit at London Science Museum.
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December 1911. Advert in French.
November 1912. Six-cylinder rotary engine.
November 1912. Six-cylinder rotary engine.
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Pre-WWI. 50hp Radial. Exhibit at Shuttleworth Collection.
35hp Military Model Fan Type. Exhibit at Shuttleworth Collection.

of Scrubbs Lane, Willesden, London NW10

of Windmill Road, Hampton Hill, Middlesex.

Anzani was an engine manufacturer founded by the Italian Alessandro Anzani (1877-1956). The company produced proprietary engines for aircraft, cars, boats, and motorcycles in factories in Britain, France and Italy.

General

In the UK, Anzani outsourced the manufacture of their engines to Coventry Ordnance Works.

In the 1920s the company was refinanced as British Vulpine Engine Co and then again as British Anzani Engine Co concentrating on small engines and car and motorcycle powerplants.

Supplied AC Cars with the 1,496cc side-valve four cylinder engine (that would become their famous 2-litre motor), Frazer-Nash with an 1,496cc ohv engine, Morgan with a V-twin, and Squire with the R1 twin cam engine. Their most well known products came to be in motorcycles, lawnmowers and outboard engines. Cotton and Greeves motorcycles used Anzani motors.

1927 Private company.

1937 Formed as a private company

1937 Aero engine manufacturers.

In 1939, British Anzani built a prototype that was the forerunner of the popular post-war clip-on model. Simple in construction, it was a 61cc two-stroke that was positioned beside the left upper chain-stay with the cylinder inclined along the frame tube. Ignition was by magneto and a petroil tank sat beside the drive roller. The firm was unable to develop the idea due to other commitments.

1951 Became a public company

The company diversified

1961 Employs 150 persons. One of the largest manufacturers of outboard marine engines. Also make 'Easimow' motor mowers, power units for motorcycles and light cars and Astra light utility vehicles.

1980 As the British Anzani Group it finally went into liquidation in 1980.

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