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F.B. Mondial 175 TV 1957

The Mondial 175cc TV, or 'Turismo Veloce', was Mondial's first street bike to employ a chain-driven single overhead camshaft engine. The SOHC Mondials were available in three versions: Turismo Veloce, Sport Turismo, and Gran Sport.

The TV was designed for fast sport touring. The whole production was characterized by a remarkable build quality accompanied by an unmistakable style, inspired by the bikes that in those years won laurels throughout the racing world.

In December 1954, the 175 Turismo Veloce and Sport models from the Pietro Prampolini project were presented at the Milan Motor Show. In this first configuration they were distinguished by the narrow cambox cover with centred bolts.

These machines remained in the catalogue until 1957, while the Sport was replaced in 1958 by the Gran Sport model, the last of the chain-driven SOHC series. However, it should not be confused with the previous OHC GS 175 of 55/56, which was no longer in the catalogue due to the high production cost.

The last year of production for the 'TV' was 1958.


Engine: Single cylinder four-stroke OHV

Bore & stroke: 60 x 61 mm

Compression Ratio: 6.5:1

Maximum power: 10 h.p. @ 6,500 rpm

Engine Capacity: 175cc

Valves per cylinder: 2

Carburettor: Dell'Orto, Diam 22 mm

Cooling system: Air cooled

Ignition type: 45 watt dynamo and coil ignition

Lubrication: Wet sump forced circulation with mechanical gear pump

Transmission: Gear primary, chain final

Clutch: Cable operated with multiple wet disc in oil bath

Gearbox: 4-Speed foot-change

Starter: Kick-starter

Throttle: Cable operated

Frame type: Tubular and pressed steel

Front Suspension: Telescopic fork and shock absorbers

Rear Suspension: Swingarm with hydraulic shock absorbers

Front Brake: Drum

Rear Brake: Drum

Front Tyre: 2.50 x 18 in.

Rear tyre: 2.75 x 18 in.

Seat: Dual seat

Fuel consumption: 2.5 litres per 100 km

Top speed: 110 km/h (68.3 mph)

Source: Hessink's NL

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