Category: Mondial

The Other Bike from Bologna: 1953 Mondial 200 Sport

1953 Mondial 200 Sport R Side Front

History is littered with the corpses of car and motorcycle manufacturers that didn’t survive various economic crises and paradigm shifts and, unfortunately, boutique manufacturer Mondial is listed amongst the fallen. While we normally associate the failure of a manufacturer with the quality of their products, it’s generally far more complicated than that. The 1960’s saw a glut of cheap, incredibly well-engineered motorcycles from Japan flood a market formerly dominated by the European manufacturers that had grown by leaps and bounds in a postwar economy bolstered by the demand for inexpensive wheeled transportation.

1953 Mondial 200 Sport R Side Rear

Although the handling of these inexpensive machines was pretty far off the standard established by the racebred motorcycles from England and Italy, for most people, that hardly mattered, and quality, reliability, and even cheap speed trumped the cornering prowess of bikes from companies like Mondial.

Mondial built motorcycles from 1948-1979 and were very successful in Grand Prix racing during the 1950s. Although most Italian manufacturers of this period focused their efforts on practical, affordable transportation, Mondial was much more interested in building small-volume, high-quality motorcycles with a more sporting intent. Perhaps could be considered the Velocette of Italy. With handbuilt quality and performance, they could perhaps be thought of as the Italian equivalent of Italy and even designed and built a desmodromic cylinder head before Ducati, although it was never actually produced.

1953 Mondial 200 Sport L Side Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1953 Mondial 200 Sport

1953 Mondial 200 Sport in very nice restored condition. Everything has been redone. Motor was rebuilt in Italy and runs and shifts fine. Bike went through an extensive cosmetic restoration. All chrome has been redone and all aluminum has had many hours of polishing. Bike comes with a clean title. Any questions about the bike you can contact me directly. This is a super rare bike and a great opportunity to add to any bike collection.

Interestingly, the year 2000 saw a brief revival of the Mondial name and the creation of a Honda RC51 -powered superbike. This unusual engine choice was only possible because in 1957, Mondial provided Honda with one of their winning racebikes to use as inspiration. Honda wanted to repay the gesture and allowed the new Mondial superbike to use their engine.

1953 Mondial 200 Sport L Side

With its striking red and gold paint, this might easily be mistaken for a 50’s Ducati, although Mondial’s traditional colors were generally silver and blue. Bidding is active on this little Mondial, with just one day left on the auction. At $7,700 the reserve has been met, which seems a fair price for such a good-looking, unusual motorcycle.

-tad

1953 Mondial 200 Sport R Side

Instant Collection

I have seen , but I always wondered if it was really a success. Can you sell multiple bikes, and find multiple bidders that are ready to be and instant collector of your favorite bikes?

The auction has to have a headliner, and the seller chose the Ducati to draw in the bidders. Based on the smaller bikes the, 450cc was the maximum that this design could handle and was offered in both road going and off road form.

The Ducati is a 1974 450 cc restored to concourse condition

When selling anything on Ebay it is always in your best interest to give the best description that you can and add the best pictures. It is hard to do this with one bike, even more difficult with multiple bikes

The Mondial is a 1960 175 cc – I believe the pictures speak for themselves.

Not really. This is a bike that is not a common sight to see, and to sell it you have to educate the buyers. From the one picture it looks to have gear driven over head cam engine, and very few bikes do, so I can only guess this would be a very nice bike to own.

The MV Augusta is a 1972 350 cc is a great original bike bought from the original owner

Again a rare bike, again more pictures and more information would help sell this bike. This might be a 350 Electra,  a twin cylinder 350, but it might not be. I would love to know more, MV Agustas from the early 1970 are sexy bikes.

The BMW is a 1967 R60 is in average condition- it was repainted but is a fair paint job

I am a BMW person, and the R60 is a great bike you can use as a daily driver even in today’s traffic, but I don’t think that it appeals to the same group as the three previous bikes.

The KTM all original 1976 340 cc in great condition.

I know nothing about KTM other then they make dirt bikes, like this one, and now high end street bikes.

            The Vespa is a 1950 very rare- I believe is a 150 cc- very good condition.

Again a great name, with a great following, but not something we here at CSBFS know a lot about.

There are some great bikes in this collection. But I think of it more as a bike night gathering. You always see something there that you would like, but always walk past lots more. I can see a couple people getting together to buy these bikes, but the seller says that they have over $60,000 invested, and that works out to be about $10,000 per bike. Yes on the MV Agusta, not so much on the KTM.

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