1955 Mondial 200cc Lusso
Engine no. 2111
Founded immediately following the cessation of World War II, F.B. Mondial rose to a monumental and hasty success in Grand Prix racing through the very late 1940s. With a track record in motorized machinery that consisted only of the FB (Fratelli Boselli) three-wheeled delivery van in the 1930s, the ‘Mondial’ name first appeared on a motorcycle in 1948 when the Boselli brothers introduced a revolutionary double-overhead-camshaft 125cc racer. From inception to World Championship winner took just a year. It achieved similar success in 1950 and ’51.
As fun as the racing was, the company still needed to sell motorcycles to the public to keep the business’ doors open. The quality of their street machinery was always high, and therefore expensive, and a new two-stroke single-cylinder engine was developed as a more affordable alternative to their overhead-valve offerings. Thus, in 1952 the 160cc Turismo Lusso appeared, clad in the same stylish bodywork and with similar performance to Mondial’s more expensive models. Alongside it in the range was a 200cc machine, the Lusso, which offered longer legs from its greater capacity and was a genuine 60mph+ motorcycle.
The Lusso offered is of 1955 vintage comes from a private collection of substantial Italian cars and motorcycles. It was the subject of a sympathetic mechanical refurbishment, which included all the usual new battery and tires mounted on rebuilt wheels with genuine Italian Alpina spokes. The result is a fine running motorcycle, which is to be sold with a clean, clear California title.