FB-Mondial was founded in 1948 by Fratelli Boselli in Milan, Italy and was a motorcycle manufacturer until 1979 when they ceased production of their motorcycle lines. FB-Mondial had been known for their Motorcycle GP racing successes throughout the 1950s.
Prior to the Second World War, FB-Mondial had manufactured three wheelers and they produced some of the most successful and advanced MotoGP road racing manufacturers of their time and had won 5 World Championships and when the 1957 Grand Prix season ended, the major Italian based motorcycle manufacturers which included Moto Guzzi, Gilera, Mondial and MV Agusta announced their intentions to pull out of Motorcycle Grand Prix competitions citing the ever increasing costs as well as their diminishing sales.
By the year 1957, Soichiro Honda had approached Count Boselli in order to purchase the Mondial Motorcycle Grand Prix race bike, which FB-Mondial had just utilised to win both the 125 cc and 250 cc divisions of the Motorcycle Grand Prix.
But it would not be until 1999 that a news tycoon named Roberto Ziletti would purchase the rights to FB-Mondial. Ziletti had always wanted to own a prestigious motorcycle company since he was a young kid, but it was not until he made his fortunes in the media that he would have the money to purchase a name like FB-Mondial.
In 2005, Andrew Wright, who owned an American based motorcycle resale firm announced that the courts had arranged for Mondial to sell their rights firm, Super-bike Racing, but later in that year the Monza Courts also sold FB-Mondial to a different buyer in which Andrew Wright had claimed that his deposit had been seized illegally. The Monza Courts refused to give their side of the story or to release their version at all.
In 2006, Andrew Wright, got convicted of wire fraud, smuggling, false statements and mail fraud which were related to the smuggling of two FB-Mondial motorcycles into the United States in which he had labelled them falsely as being approved by both the EPA and DOT at which point upon smuggling them into the country he sold them.
Andrew Wright also had a previous conviction for the same thing and so he was sentenced to a 27 month prison sentence that he later failed to appear for his prison date and instead fled.
This would be the end of the FB-Mondial Motorcycle and the company which started them unless the other purchaser from the Monza Courts decides to restart production again.
Original Authors: Nicholas
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 03/06/2008