1964 Mondial 48 Sport V3
1964 Mondial 48 Sport V3
- Engine: 47.6cc 2 stroke single cylinder
- Transmission: 3 Speed Manual
- Year: 1964
- Frame: 17064
- Engine: 5346
- Registration: PTU 286B
- Exterior colour: Silver and blue
- Interior colour and material:
VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT ONLY PLEASE.
- I acquired this beautiful and very rare Mondial motorcycle in March 2016 from a vendor in Rome. It is unknown when the restoration had been started but the vendor completed the work for me just prior to my collection.
- I have been informed by a Mondial authority in Italy that this motorcycle was manufactured in April or May 1964.
- I gained UK road road registration with the DVLA for this Mondial in July 2016.
- Despite being purchased with a view of keeping it, I found it hard to store several motorcycles in London (where I live) and therefore it was sadly sold in March 2017.
- It is in excellent condition and a recent ride of just over a mile on the road was great fun.
- This gorgeous motorcycle is one of the best looking small Italian motorcycles ever made from one of the greatest manufacturers of the time. It is a very special little thing.
A brief history of F. B Mondial motorcycles:
- F.B Mondial manufactured sporting motorcycles in Bologna, Italy, from 1948 until 1979. The F.B in the company name stood for Fratelli Boselli, (translating as Boselli Brothers), as it was founded by the Counts Boselli, a noble family from the Milan area. The brothers (Carlo, Luigi, Ettore, Giuseppe, and Ada) and their company became well known in the 1950's due to their great racing successes as they produced some of the most advanced and successful Grand Prix road-racers of the time, winning 5 World Championships.
- While other manufacturers produced lightweight and economical 2-stroke motorcycles, Mondial produced quality sporting motorcycles. The factory in Milan was much smaller than the likes of Moto Guzzi, Gilera, Benelli, or Ducati, and was more of a boutique manufacturer, specialising in high-performance, small-displacement motorcycles. Much of the production of each motorcycle was done by hand, which kept output low, with production numbers typically ranging between 1,000 and 2,000 units per year.
- The company were the Lancia of the motorcycle world and renowned for the superior engineering of their products, and in 1949 when MV Agusta decided to produce a 4-stroke motorcycle, they purchased a Mondial 4-stroke to use as an example. Mondial had prepared a bike with desmodromic valve actuation long before Ducati, but never put it into production.
- Due to spiraling costs, in 1960 Mondial began purchasing engines from other manufacturers to place in their frames. This was a common practice in Italy in the 1960's and 70's, and the factory continued in this way for the the next nineteen years.