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F.B. Mondial 1956 Mondialino 49 Sport

The "Mondialino" moped was introduced at the 1954 Milan Motor Show featuring a pressed-metal chassis and achieved immediate commercial success. Produced at the firm's new factory at Via San Giusto in Milan, for 1955 a sports model was addded to the catalogue.

In 1957 three new models appeared with a 3-speed gearbox and frame no longer in stamped sheet metal but tubular with a double closed cradle and telescopic forks, named Mondialino 'Sport 49', 'Luxe 49' and 'Turismo 49'. Colour schemes included bright red with white inserts, and bordeaux with black inserts on the tank.

The lightweight "Mondialino" became the base model of a long line of entry-level models. The Mondialino was further refined in subsequent years and remained in production until 1960.


Engine: Single cylinder 2-stroke

Bore & stroke: 38 x 42 mm

Engine Capacity: 49cc

Maximum power: 1.6 h.p. @ 6,000 rpm

Valves per cylinder: 2

Carburettor: Dell'Orto TI 12 SA

Cooling system: Air cooled

Ignition type: Flywheel magnet

Lubrication: Wet sump forced circulation with mechanical gear pump

Transmission: Gear primary, chain final

Clutch: Cable operated with multiple wet disc

Gearbox: 3-Speed gearbox with handlebar control

Starter: Kick-starter

Throttle: Cable operated

Frame type: Cradle steel tube frame

Front Suspension: Telescopic fork and shock absorbers

Rear Suspension: Swingarm with hydraulic shock absorbers

Front Brake: Drum

Rear Brake: Drum

Front tyre: 2.00 x 18 in.

Rear tyre: 2.00 x 18 in.

Seat: Dual seat

Fuel tank capacity: approx. 9 litres

Fuel consumption: 1 litre per 75 km

Top speed: 62 km/h

Weight: 47 kg.

Price in 1956: 95.000 lira

Source: Hessink's NL

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