In 1960 Harley-Davidson bought 50% of Aermacchi’s motorcycle division, and importation to the US of Aermacchi’s 250cc flat 4-stroke single began the following year. This was known as the Harley-Davidson Sprint.
By the early ‘70s Aermacchi was becoming increasingly engaged in the manufacture of military trainer aircraft. Finding it hard to compete in an increasingly difficult motorcycle market, in 1974 Aermacchi passed its entire motorcycle manufacturing operation to Harley-Davidson which then became the sole owner of the Varese factory. Production of the Sprint, which in 1969 had been upped to 344cc, continued alongside a range of small-capacity 2-stroke singles.
The 350 came in two versions; the street orientated SS (still called ‘Sprint’ in the US) with a low exhaust, or the more off-road orientated SX with high pipes and mudguards, and knobbly tyres. The air-cooled OHV SS made 25hp, which was less than its Japanese rivals, but it could top 90mph and return 60mpg. It was produced until 1974, four years before H-D sold the operation to Cagiva.
The 350 SS offered here comes from the collection of an Italian count and is in unrestored condition. It comes to sale with its Italian documentation.