Trained as an accountant and with previous experience as a partner in a company making leather saddle covers and soft helmets for cyclists, Amisano's first products were immediately on the leading edge: leather saddles for the revolutionary Lambretta and Vespa just launched on the market, and an equally innovative leather helmet.
AGV experimented with a wide range of alternative shell materials until settling upon an innovative solution that marked a revolutionary development in helmet design, creating the first fibreglass crash helmet in 1954.
The next big step forwards came just two years later when AGV superseded it's classic pudding basin or shorty shape with the much more protective, enveloping design of the Jet helmet.
PIONEERING CHANGES FROM THE RACETRACK TO THE SILVER SCREEN
In the meantime, helmet development continued apace and in 1969 AGV was the name on the first full-face helmet to appear at an Italian Grand Prix, worn at Imola by Alberto Pagani. AGV's models improved on the comfort, aerodynamics and field of vision of the early examples that appeared in the United States, making the design it's own. These strengths and the significantly enhanced safety of its models ensured their rapid adoption not just by all the top motorcycle riders, but in Formula 1 as well. Within just a few years, Emerson Fittipaldi, Niki Lauda and Nelson Piquet were all to be seen sporting the AGV logo.
TO THE FUTURE AND BEYOND