1956 Beta-Mondial 150cc Frame no. 15389 Engine no. 15389

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Lot 431
1956 Beta-Mondial 150cc
Registration no. 194 YUM Frame no. 15389 Engine no. 15389

£ 4,000 - 5,000
US$ 5,200 - 6,500
1956 Beta-Mondial 150cc
Registration no. 194 YUM
Frame no. 15389
Engine no. 15389
Best known for its hugely successful trials and enduro models, the Italian firm that would become Beta was founded in Firenze (Florence) in 1904 by Giuseppe Bianchi and began life making high-quality bicycles. It was only after WW2 that the company adopted the 'Beta' name, which was derived from the initials of proprietors Enzo Bianchi and Arrigo Tosi. The firm commenced making clip-on motors for attachment to bicycles before producing its first proper motorcycle in 1950. Proprietary engines were used at first before Beta progressed to making its own power units. Long-distance races on public roads were immensely popular in Italy at this time and Beta's products did well in events such as the Milan-Taranto and Moto Giro. This overhead-valve Mondial-engined Beta was imported by Mr Glynn Hawks and restored by him in 2006/2007. We are advised by the private vendor that this extensive restoration involved a total strip-down and refurbishment: the frame was stripped, and powder coated; the brightwork re-plated; the electrics rewired; and the wheels stripped, cleaned, polished and rebuilt with new Italian rims, stainless spokes and partly worn Pirelli tyres. All components are said to work as they should. Since completion the machine has been shown successfully on many occasions. Described by the vendor as in excellent condition, this rare Italian lightweight is offered with a V5C document.

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1956 Beta-Mondial 150cc Frame no. 15389 Engine no. 15389
1956 Beta-Mondial 150cc Frame no. 15389 Engine no. 15389
1956 Beta-Mondial 150cc Frame no. 15389 Engine no. 15389
1956 Beta-Mondial 150cc Frame no. 15389 Engine no. 15389
1956 Beta-Mondial 150cc Frame no. 15389 Engine no. 15389
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