The Benelli story begins in Pesaro with the widow Teresa Benelli establishing a garage, using all of her family's limited capital, in order to build a business to support her six sons. The small business grew, and in 1920 the first Benelli engine was produced, a 75cc two-stroke. The following year they built a Benelli motorcycle. World War Two saw the total destruction of the Benelli factory in Pesaro. The business began rebuilding after the war, but there was discord between the brothers and Guiseppe left to form his own company, Motobi. By 1962, the two factories employed 550 people and between them were producing some 300 motorcycles a day, but by the end of the decade,despite the creative skills, the factory was forced to cease production.