The FB-Ṃndial Casa Motociclistica (Mondial Motorcycle House) was founded by Count Giuseppe Boselli of FB (Fratelli Boselli) in 1948 in Arcore (Milan), Italy. Prior to WWII, Fratelli Boseli was a manufacturer of motorized tricycles and delivery vans in Drusiani south of Bologna, Italy.
Ṃndial's motto was that it had "the mind in Milan, and the heart in Bologna." FB's Count Giuseppe Boselli became enamored with motorcycles in the late 1940s, so after purchasing the design of a small-displacement engine, he started FB Ṃndial.
1951 Ṃndial Bilabero Grand Prix
By 1948, Ṃndial began building small motorcycles designed Alfonso Drusiani and Lino Tonti. These first Ṃndial's had both two-stroke, and four-stroke overhead-cam engines, and throughout the 1950s, Ṃndial was able to garner several World Championships with its Grand Prix road racing machines, significantly elevating the prestige of the Ṃndial marque.
1952 Ṃndial 160cc Turismo Lusso
1954 Ṃndial 175 Monoalbero
Ṃndial's success in the Grand Prix arena was partially due to employing riders like Mike Hailwood, Tarquinio Provini and Carlo Ubbiali. With five World Championships to its name, Ṃndial withdrew form the racing circuit in the late 1950s, along with other Italian manufacturers like Moto Guzzi and MV Agusta.
1955 Ṃndial 175 Turismo Veloce
1955 Ṃndial Sogno 160
Vintage Mondial's Models (1949 to 1979)
Ṃndial Turismo Veloce 175cc - 1949
Ṃndial OHV Sport (touring/street) 125cc - 1950
Ṃndial Bilabero Grand Prix 125cc - 1951
Ṃndial Turismo Lusso 160cc - 1952
Ṃndial Monoalbero 175cc - 1954
Ṃndial Sport Lusso 160cc - 1954
Ṃndial Lusso 125cc - 1956
Ṃndial TV Sport 175cc - 1956
Ṃndial Champion Lusso 125cc - 1956
Ṃndial Sperimentale 175cc - 1957
Ṃndial Sprint (touring/street) 175cc - 1959
Ṃndial Super Sport Grand Prix 200cc - 1960
Ṃndial SS V4 48cc - 1960
Ṃndial Nova 125cc - 1961
Ṃndial Super Sportiva 50cc - 1964
It is rumored that in the late 1950s, Soichiro Honda visited Europe, trying to glean knowledge of Italian and German race technology, which was so dominant at the time. It has been said that Honda actually used a 125 cc Ṃndial GP as one of the starting-points for the design of his 1959 RC142 125cc GP.
1958 Ṃndial 175cc Sprint
Ṃndial flourished through the 1950s, but as many small-displacement manufacturers in Italy found out, consumers were now demanding larger, more powerful motorcycles.
1958 Ṃndial 175cc Ex-Works
Ṃndial's sales steadily declined from 1960 through the late 1970s, and by 1979 the company ceased operations. The Ṃndial mark was briefly resuscitated in 1987, only to close again in 1989. The International Mondial Club was found in 1988.
1957 Ṃndial DOHC 125cc Grand Prix 'Dustbin'
The Ṃndial Name is Reborn
The Mondial marque was resurrected in 1999, when newspaper printing and lithography magnate Roberto Ziletti, of Lastra Group SpA, purchased the trademark and manufacturing rights from Count Giuseppe Boselli's heirs.
2004 Mondial Piega EVO - Mondial Moto
Mondial Piega, Piega EVO & SBK Superbikes
In 2003 Mondial introduced its Mondial Piega sportbike, with a modified Honda 999cc, liquid cooled 4 valve per cylinder DOHC v-twin engine, that produces 136 hp at 9800 rpm (140 hp for EVO). The Piega has a 6 speed gearbox. The RZ Starfighter and Nuda were designed and built by the French manufacturer 'Boxer.'
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