1958 Mondial 200 Comfort
Frame no. 15067
Engine no. 15067
The "Comfort" was Mondial's concept for a motorcycle which would appeal to the tastes of American bikers. Its design was completely unlike that of other Mondial motorcycles, which were all sport bikes and looked the part. This bike was meant to be comfortable for long distance touring or for cruising urban boulevards. The bike was supposed to be exported to the United States, and its design features reflect what Mondial thought American bikers would understand and desire: small, 16" wheels with fat tires and valenced fenders; high, flat bars; a wide, flat seat complete with leather fringes; and a somewhat bigger engine than those found in other Mondial motorcycles. The engine, which is unique to the Comfort, was a 200cc overhead valve design which made 10hp at 5,900rpm. That engine, with the bike's four speed transmission, brought the bike's top speed to 55mph.
This motorcycle was purchased in England. The bike was an older restoration and it appeared that some restoration choices were not correct. Therefore, the bike was sent to Pirro Loreti in Spoleto, Italy for a completely new restoration. Initial inspection indicated that this motorcycle was unlike any other Mondial the owner or restorer had ever seen or known. Not only was the engine unique, the frame and all cycle parts were unlike those found in any other Mondial. During research to determine which model of Mondial this was, the owner discovered a drawing of the motorcycle in a 1958 Mondial advertising brochure which showed the entire line of 1958 Mondial production bikes. The motorcycle was described as a "Comfort". This brochure drawing, along with two photographs discovered from 1958 when the Comfort was displayed at Italian motorcycle shows, were used to restore the motorcycle to its original configuration.
Additional research indicated that the Mondial Comfort never entered into regular production. The Mondial company never formally exported motorcycles to the United States during the late 1950's, so the reason for this motorcycle to enter regular production never materialized. For many years the owner of this motorcycle believed that it was the only "Comfort" model in existence; he believed it to be the only surviving prototype. However, two years ago another Comfort, incomplete and in need of a full restoration, was discovered in northern Italy within a small collection of rare and unusual Mondials. As far as the owner of this Mondial Comfort can determine, these are the only two Mondial Comforts in existence. This Mondial Comfort is the only restored example in existence.
- We have been advised by the vendor that this motorcycle was ridden most recently in December of 2010 and that it ran well and everything worked properly on the bike.