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Montesa Models 1946-1984

Montesa A45 1945 98cc

The A-45 was the first Montesa model and was inspired by a Motobecane. Initially 22 units were produced, and eventually in total 100 units.

Montesa A45 Femina 1945 98cc

A variant of the A45, only 17 units were manufactured and few survive. The Femina has a low frame to make it easier for women and chaplains to ride it and the engine is faired with a plate to protect clothing against oil stains.

Montesa X45 Montjuic 1945 98cc

Experimental prototype no. 3 that was delivered to José Mª Llobet “Turuta”. He made his debut on April 11, 1945 in Montjuïc in the 100 cc category, achieving his first victory for Montesa. With three speeds, dry clutch, displacement of 97.9 cc, diameter x stroke set at 45.6x60 mm, a Gurtner carburettor and a megaphone exhaust, it later received further modifications.

Montesa B46/49 1946 125cc

As the name suggests, it was manufactured from 1946 to 1949. This model had the displacement increased to 125 cc. About 1,700 units were manufactured.

Montesa 1948 X48 Hollandia 125cc

FX Bultó’s passion for racing meant that, once Montesa had won all the races in Spain, in the third year of its existence, it decided to go racing in Europe and make the brand known abroad. He travelled by plane to participate in 1948 in the Duch TT in Assen with very good results. He also went there the following year with this unit already equipped with telescopic front suspension.

Montesa 1951 D51 125cc

The first Montesa with telescopic suspension, wet clutch and red fuel tank, called "cardinal red" and chosen after a consultation with workers, after the first proposal that followed the trends of European fashion decoration in two colours. It is the first model in which L. Milá participates in the design.

Montesa D51 CG 125cc 1951

In the ISDT of 1951, FX. Bultó and G. Cavestany won the first bronze medal for Montesa with an almost standard D-51 in this prestigious event.

Montesa 1951 XLE-51 125cc

Montesa Brio 80 1954

The Brio 80 is the sister of 90, a sportier version of this practical and touring version. A Brio to carry a passenger and go riding. A motorcycle made for all riders.

Montesa Sprint 1954 125 LS

The second version of the Sprint was created in 1954 by Marcelo Cama and Enric Sirera. It has a Burman 4-speed gearbox and a new carburettor, had a power of 13.8 bhp at 8,000 rpm and a lightweight fibreglass wrap-around fairing. One of these units was given to the Swedish rider Leif Smedh who raced it in 1955 in Skaneloppet and used it frequently until 1958.

Montesa Brio 90 24 Hrs 1955 125cc

In 1955 the Penya Motorista Barcelona called up for the first time the 24 Hours of Endurance of Montjuïc. Montesa won this race led by the team of Josep M Llobet Turuta and Joan Soler Bulto who rode a Brio 90 bike. The following year the triumph was also achieved by Montesa with the Elizalde Brothers in control of a Brio.

Montesa Sprint 125 IOM 1956

Montesa's team participated in the Isle of Man TT on three occasions, in 1951, 1954 and 1956. This unit was present in the 1956 expedition, with F.X. Bultó and L. Milá, it has been maintained since then by the Basque rider José Ramón Eizaguirre. It has a cylinder head with parabolic combustion chamber, extra lubrication by sprayer in the carburettor and an estimated power of 17 bhp at 8,000 rpm.

Montesa Brio 125 Aigua 1957

Factory prototype of a Brio 91 with water-cooled aluminium cylinder with thermosiphon circuit from a central radiator. It develops 16.3 bhp at 6,200 rpm. Only three units were produced. At that time (1957) it was tested on the Pau circuit. It was rebuilt in 1997.

Montesa 1958 Fura 142cc

Montesa Sprint 1958 125cc

The last of the racing versions of the 125 cc Sprint, the 1958 version with which the rider Ricardo Quintanilla participated in the Spanish GP in Montjuïc, this unit developed 18 HP at 11,000 rpm and, until it broke down, was ahead of Carlo Ubbiali’s MV. It has a Dell'Orto SS 30 carburettor, 124.5 cc displacement with dimensions of 51.5 x 60mm and a six-speed gearbox.

Montesa 125 Uruguay 1959 No.8

In 1959, César Gracia represented the Spanish Motorcycling Federation with this bike in the II GP of Montevideo winning both races held in Colonia de Sacramento. They prepared the bike with Enric Sirera. It has a chrome-molybdenum frame, Brio 110 engine with special ports, Dell’Orto 29 carburettor and four-speed close-ratio gearbox.

Montesa Sportman 1960 125cc

Watford based British agent, Jim Bound, bought a batch of six Brio 91, in 1960, which he decided to transform into competition units called Sportman. He ordered 110S engines from the factory and mounted them on a chassis manufactured in England by Ian Telfer. Jim Bound himself designed a fibreglass tank that completed with a three-piece fairing. His daughter, Barbara Bound, was the first woman to ride solo at the Isle of Man TT.

Montesa Brio 110S 1961 125cc

The model 110, at the same time as the last model of the Brio saga, becomes the sport version 110 S, known as Monotubo, in response to the arrival of the sportive and fast Bultaco Tralla 101. With this machine Montesa reaffirmed itself in competition and, with the signing of Pere Pi, becomes the weapon of choice for motocross riders.

Montesa Brio Cross 125 1961

Montesa Baobab 1961 175cc

Montesa Impala Cross 1963 175cc 13M

Montesa Impala Tourisme 4M 175 1962

Montesa Impala 250 24 Hrs 1963

Since its appearance, the Impala defended the colours of Montesa in the 24 Hours. Always ahead, they won in 1963 with the Sirera brothers’ team and in 1966 with Busquets-Villa. With this unit (nº 28), César Gracia and Busquets were in third place in the 1963 edition

Montesa Micro Scooter 5M 60cc 1963

The success of the Vespa in Italy and the fashion of scooters made Montesa, lacking time to design one from scratch, evaluate the possibility of manufacturing one under license in 1963. They did so with a Laverda project using a four-stroke engine which they modified in accordance with current legislation, increasing the cylinder capacity to 60cc so as not to have to put pedals on it.

Montesa Impala USA 1965 175cc 14M

Montesa Texas 175cc 1965

Montesa Texas 175

Montesa 250cc Rotativa 1966

In 1966 Montesa began a collaboration with the Villa brothers, with the goal of participating in the World Championship, developing a 125 cc with a rotary valve, and the following year a 250 cc twin. Busquets made his debut in Alicante, while F. Villa, in Riccione, disputed the first place to Hailwood and the Honda 6 cylinder. The horizontal two-cylinder engine developed 45 hp at 11,500 rpm and reached a speed of 225 kph.

Montesa 1966 Impala Sport 250 25M

Montesa Impala Sport 250 1966 15M

Montesa 1967 Trials

Montesa Cota 247 1968

Montesa 1970 King Scorpion

Montesa King Scorpion 1972 250cc 44M

Montesa 1973 Cota 74cc

Montesa Enduro 54M 250 1974

Montesa Enduro 250A 1976 54M

Montesa 1976 Cota 348 51M

Montesa Enduro 360 H6 1978

Montesa 1980 Cota 349cc S1

Montesa 1981 Cota 349cc

Montesa 1981 74cc H6 Enduro

Montesa Enduro 250 H7 1983

Montesa Cota 349 1982

Montesa Enduro Militar 250 1982

Montesa Cota 242 1984

The Cota will come back with this model with a medium displacement, and an engine inherited from the Cota 200. It has double open tube frame and aluminium swingarm.

Montesa 1985 Cota 330

Montesa 1985 360 H7 Enduro

Montesa 250cc Enduro H7S 1986