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Montesa Classic Motorcycles


    Montesa was Formed in 1944 by Pedro Permanyer and Francisco Xavier Bultó. Their first Montesa prototype was based upon the French Motobécane models of that time. Permanyer began to produce his own gas engines, which allowed for a new area in motorcycles to be explored and expanded into. Permanyer and Bultó teamed up in Barcelona and created a light-weight motorcycle. This led to the creation of a bike powered by a 95cc two-stroke engine with no rear suspension. Despite some setbacks, they sold 22 of these units in the first year of production. The next year, the partnership focused on production improvements and meeting the growing demand for their bike. As a successor to the previous model, Bultó designed a new 125cc roadster, which was tested in many the trail-type rallies and semi-enduros that were popular in Spain at the time.

    This model went on to enter the 1951 International Six Days Enduro. The bike was entered in by the factory, being ridden by Bultó and G. Cavestany. In the early 1950s, Montesa entered many races in the 125cc class of road racing. These bikes featured six-speed, bolt on gearboxes, in semi-unit construction, with all gears running on needle-roller bearings. By 1956, these Montesa 125s were very competitive and took second, third and fourth places in the Ultra-Lightweight race at the Isle of Man TT.

    The most successful Montesa street bike of the '50s was the Brio 80, of which more than 12,000 were produced. The success of the Brio and the other models, led to the opening of a new and larger factory in Espluges de Llobregat. The Brio 80 and Brio 90 models contained many new advances, such as moving the carburetor behind the cylinder, and a handbrake. However, a slump in the Spanish economy had forced Permanyer to cut back on the company's racing activities. Permanyer wanted to pull out of road racing, but Bultó insisted that they stay in. In May of 1958, chief designer Bultó left, taking with him several of Montesa's vital personnel. Permanyer had not only lost the brilliant designer Bultó, but also his 30% share of the company.

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    1966 Montesa La Cross, 250cc 1966 Montesa La Cross, 250cc
    1966 Montesa Impala 1966 Montesa Impala 175cc.
    1969 Montesa Cota
    1969 Montesa Cota

    The first Cota was announced during 1968 and met with instant success, displacing 246cc the new machine featured a one piece seat and tank unit and a five speed gearbox.

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    1971 Rickman Montessa 250 1971 Rickman Montessa 250
    1973 Montesa Cota 49, 49cc 1973 Montesa Cota 49, 49cc
    1977 Montesa 348, 310cc 1977 Montesa 348, 310cc
    1978 Montesa Cota 349 With Sidacar, 349cc 1978 Montesa Cota 349 With Sidacar, 349cc
    1979 Montesa Cota 247 Trail, 247cc 1979 Montesa Cota 247 Trail, 247cc
    1981 Montessa Cappra 414VG Model Montessa Cappra 414VG Model
    1979 Montesa H6, 250cc 1979 Montesa H6, 250cc
    1985 Montessa Cota 330 Trials Montessa Cota 330 Trials

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