A selection of pieces from the collection of Montesa motorcycles world's most comprehensive.

The origins of the collection: the brand Montesa
In 1944, with the forecast standardization in the supply of fuel to the post-war Spain, Pere Permanyer autogasógenos moved his business to larger premises in Corcega street in Barcelona with forecast undertake a project for the manufacture of engines for motorcycles. It is the seat of Corcega Street where finally, not only will become engines, but also entire motorcycles, the new It called Montesa brand and its first design would have the basis of a Motobecane motorcycle manufactured in France. This model in three different versions was presented at the Barcelona Trade Fair 1945. Two years later, Permanyer gasifier liquidate their company and will be formalized "Permanyer SA de Indusgtrias Mecánicas" Society, 89% owned by Pere Permanyer and 11% by Francesc X. Bultó, for the manufacture of motorcycles under the new brand Montesa.
Motorcycles road
Growth in demand motorcycles and a new capital increase allow the transfer of Montesa factory to new premises in the street of Pamplona, in Poble Nou Barcelona. Soon Montesa becomes the first brand Spanish motorcycles to have a presence throughout the state. His models will become more commonplace on the roads throughout the country.

First model of the brand called A Model 45. This was the female version or "church."

Male model the A45, the only differences are in the box as "V" and the fuel tank.

A model D-51 Pau Claris Street in Barcelona.

The next model D-51 includes major improvements such as telescopic fork, brakes, alloy plate instead of a new fuel tank and the characteristic red color of the brand.

With Brio model Montesa starts using red color that will be characteristic of the brand.

The Brío 90 changes the position of the carburetor behind the cylinder and leave the archaic lateral position of the previous models.

The growth in demand for motorcycles and a new capital increase allow Montesa factory relocation to new premises located in the Pamplona street of Poblenou.

A day in the offices of Planning Montesa in 1958.

During the early years, the design of the motorcycles was linked to the concept of motorcycling of Francesc X. Bultó: sports competition and speed.

The sporting event was the soul of the brand, and a bench suitable for developing improvements that would later be applied to test business models.

In 1956 Montesa get the second, third and fourth in the Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man.

Motorcycle racing car is an evolution model racing Brio. It participated in major international awards with remarkable results.

Racing department in 1962.

Margot Pearson pilot in command of a motorcycle Montesa in 1961.

New model 1959, Brio 110.

Production Line Micro Scooter Montesa.

This Micro Scooter riding Laverda 4-stroke engine, had a very modern design for its time and was in production for 10 years until 1973.

After the departure of Bultó, the responsibility of the design rests with Leopoldo Mila, the brand takes a new look and Mila will be responsible flagship model of the brand: the Montesa Impala

The Montesa Impala, the flagship brand model, is introduced into the market in 1962.

The engine designed by Leopoldo Mila did not base any of the above projects Montesa, was the first to have crankshaft and change in a single housing.

The deposit also evolved with flat lower forms, that prevented the pilot would catch excessive engine noise while increasing fuel capacity.

Press presentation of the new Impala model.

Operation Impala was an advertising initiative to bring to market the new Impala model. Three motorcycles Impala crossed Africa, from Tunisia to Cape Town.

It is one of three prototypes Impala motorcycle model who made the journey through Africa in 1962.

New factory complex in Esplugues de Llobregat

Montesa Impala Sport 175cc.

The powerful Montesa Impala Sport 250 cc.

Work on the new factory in Esplugues de Llobregat.

The Mallol-Barba pilot in the race 24 hours of Montjuïc in Barcelona.

Racing model Montesa Impala Sport 250 cc (24 hours Montjuïc).

Replica model of competition "Grand Prix".

ready for export engines.

Crono models on the road Arrabassada in 1981.

Montesa Crono 350, last road model totally original of the brand.

The trial
The mode of trial, born in Britain, was virtually unknown in Spain in 1964 when the International Federation Motorcycling decides to promote it through a workshop in Grenoble between the various national federations. Montesa selected for the pilot Pere Pi participate. And unknowingly they put the foundations for a future online production of the company. This new specialty motorcycling became a great source of success for Montesa, and allowed to get some of their major sporting milestones together with the sale of more than 80,000 motorcycles.

Brio 91 modified 1957 popularly known as "The Goat".

Motorcycle Montesa Cota 25.

The Cota 247 model marked a before and after in the development of trial bikes of the brand Montesa.

In trial mode the first world championship Montesa be achieved by 1980 with the pilot Ulf Karlson and Cota 349.

With this motorcycle, model Cota 349, Ulf Karlson won the first World Championship Trials for the brand in 1980.

Prototype cota 315 R used by Marc Colomer to win with Montesa his second World Championship Trials.

Motocross and off-road
The global energy crisis seventies confirmed the start of a recession in the sale of motorcycles road with two-stroke engines. The introduction of automobiles increasingly more competitive economically nor favored the sale of motorcycles. In these difficult years Montesa found survival in the manufacture of models the sports-oriented off-road and on the market mopeds and scooters.

Montesa La Cross 66.

Montesa Cappra 250 MX.

Enduro version H7 model for rural patrol of the Civil Guard.

Miscellany
Apart from business and competition models, Pere Permanyer collection includes prototypes that never were produced in series and other products that also made Montesa. The value of these pieces lies in the information they give us on the strategic decisions taken by the brand throughout its history, its entrepreneurial vision and the struggle to diversify the market.

Montesa Fura projected in 1958, of which only two prototypes were built.

Montesa motorcycle 250cc twin-cylinder 250 cc, built in 1967 to contest the world of speed. In 1969 Montesa abandoned this project.

Montesa mini mini 1970, 50 cc.

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