FB-Mondial (manufactured by
Fratelli Boselli) was a motorcycle manufacturer
from Milan, Italy between 1948 and 1979,
known for its Grand Prix motorcycle racing
successes during the 1950s. Prior to World
War II, it manufactured delivery tricycles.
The firm produced some of the most advanced
and successful Grand Prix road racers of
the time, winning 5 World Championships.
Mondial was established by
Count Giuseppe Bosselli in Milan who recognised
the need for economical transport to assist
Italy in recovering from the ravages of
the Second World War. In common with Count
Domenico Agusta he realised that the best
and quickest way of establishing his new
enterprise in the minds of potential buyers
was through competition, consequently the
first machine to appear bearing the soon
to be famous FB Mondial tank badge was a
twin cam 125cc racing motorcycle. Campaigned
during 1948 with considerable success the
new machine went on to win the 1949 125cc
After the 1957 Grand Prix
season, the major Italian motorcycle manufacturers
including Gilera, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta
and Mondial announced that they would pull
out of Grand Prix competition citing increasing
costs and diminishing sales (MV Agusta later
reconsidered and continued racing).Mondial
had prepared a bike with desmodromic valve
actuation (before Ducati) but did not produce
it. In 1999 Roberto Ziletti attempted to
revive the marque.
The company introduced their
first production roadsters in 1950, utilising
125cc pushrod engines displaying features
inherited from the GP machine in their design
and establishing a pattern that would see
subsequent production machines benefiting
from the firms success on the track.
Mondial introduced a pair
of chain driven over head cam
roadsters at the 1954 Milan show.
Endowed with excellent performance
they were among the fastest machines
in their class.
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