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Mondial 175cc Turismo Veloce Motorcycle - 1955
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Used: An item that has been previously used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of ... Read moreabout the condition
Manufacturer: --
Model: -- Number of Previous Owners: 4
Type: Sports Touring Engine Size: 175 cc
Mileage: 17426 Power: --
Model Year: 1955 Colour: Black
Date of 1st Registration: 03 Mar 1997 Metallic Paint: --
Gears: Four-speed manual MOT Expiration Date: Jul 2012
Drive Type: Chain Warranty: --
Start Type: Kick start Independent Vehicle Inspection: Yes
V5 Registration Document: Present Road Tax: --
Customised Features: -- Extra Features: --
Performance Upgrades: -- Previously Registered Overseas: Yes

FB Mondial 175cc Turismo Veloce Motorcycle

This relatively rare motorcycle has been part of a private collection for the past 13 years and is now offered for sale by auction to enable the collection to expand in a new direction. This is a unique opportunity to obtain a classic Italian machine from the FB Mondial company the design of which was based on their very successful racing models of the early 1950`s. The Turismo Veloce (TV model) is distinguished from the Sport and Gran Sport models of the same period by the horizontal mounting of the exhaust port.

The engine is a 175cc (65x52.5mm) single cylinder 4 stroke with chain driven overhead camshaft. An alloy cylinder head with valves inclined at 60 degrees and an inclined cast iron cylinder are mounted in unit construction with a 4 speed gearbox. The clutch is a multi-plate wet type with chain final drive. A Dell Orto carburettor is fitted and ignition is by coil (6v).

Suspension is by hydraulically damped front telescopic forks and rear swinging arm also with hydraulic dampers. Wheel rims are 19 inch flanged alloy front and rear. Front and rear drum brakes are mounted inside full width alloy hubs, both having embossed Mondial lettering and with an air duct fitted to the front brake. Finished in gloss black with white lining to the fuel tank and with period Mondial decals affixed. Clip-on style handlebars are fitted with alloy control levers. The dual seat cover is in leather. Mudguards are steel and deep valanced. The fuel tank is also steel with a quick-release captive filler.

History: This machine was imported as used and registered in the UK on 3rd February 1997. It was declared as being manufactured in 1952 which is incorrect as this model was not manufactured until 1955 and then only produced in this form for around two years. It was registered in the UK as a "Mondial 175 Sport" but this was also incorrect - see the reference to identification of the TV model above. Its history prior to importation is unknown but it has since had 4 previous owners.

Condition. The displayed odometer reading is 17,426 kms and whilst this cannot be verified, it is consistent with the excellent mechanical and overall condition. It has an MoT to 28 July 2012 and is registered on a V5C, but not yet declared on SORN or taxed. (Taxation class is "Historic Vehicle"). A transferable age-related registration number is fitted. Engine and Frame numbers are matching. This machine starts easily and runs extremely well as you would expect from engineering of this quality. Very smooth runner with very little mechanical noise at all. This is a gem of an engine and representative of the highest standard of contemporary Italian motorcycle engineering. Its racing heritage is evident in the attention paid to the details and the quality of the finish on the alloy components in particular. The tyres are all good and the overall condition is excellent with no corrosion on any of the steel/plated components.

Admissions: The only faults that I can find to list are: 1. The fuel tank is not painted in the scheme that would have applied when it was new. 2. There is some crazing of the paint finish on the petrol tank and the top of the headlamp shell (which is just about discernible in the photographs). 3. The original battery cover is missing (a strap has been fitted to locate & secure the (new) battery). 4. The speedometer/odometer read in km/hour. 5. The original year of manufacture and the model description are incorrectly described in the V5C registration document (see above).

I have described this machine as accurately as possible and it is available to view prior to bidding. Located in Oxfordshire. Contact me for an appointment if you wish to view.

Buyer is responsible for arranging collection/shipping at their own cost. I can provide details of a reputable shipper if required. Payment in full by cleared funds is required prior to collection.

This is a rare opportunity to obtain an excellent example of a model rarely seen in the UK. Good Luck!

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