It was the spring of 1911 when Teresa Benelli, a widow, used all the family capital to build a mechanical workshop and thus ensure a certain occupation of her six children.
In the beginning it was only a garage of repairs, where however some pieces of spare parts for cars and motorcycles were made. But the six Benelli brothers had much bigger aspirations: to build motorcycles.
In December 1921, the first Benelli motorbike appeared: the “Velomotore”, a 98 cc 2-stroke motorbike, which was followed in 1923 by a version of 147 cc. And just with a more driven type of this motorcycle, Tonino Benelli began to capture those victories that will make the italian factory known throughout Europe.
In 1951 the Leoncino was born and, to decree the resounding success of sales, it was the conquest in 1953 of the first Motogiro d’Italia with Tartarini.
After 65 years, the Leoncino, a splendid modern revival, returns to seek glory at the Queens’ Cavalcade, where the Australian Mark Townsend, will try to emulate the compatriot Ken Carruthers, world champion with Benelli in 1969.
Always in the forefront of technology, in the production of extraordinary models, in December 2005 Benelli became the property of the Q.J.Group.
Quianjiang is a corporation located in Wenling where 14,000 people annually produce more than 1,200,000 two-wheeled vehicles, and over two million engines, in an ultra-modern factory the size of a city (670,000 square meters of production area). Quianjiang is focused on quality, having received ISO 9001 international recognition certified since 1997. About 20% of its production is exported across the border, including America and Europe.
After 107 years, the Benelli brand continues to look to the future.