Exhibition "Viva Montesa"

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

National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

mNACTEC

Pere Permanyer Puigjaner founder of Montesa. by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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.

Geneva International Exhibition of 1953 (1953/1953) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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.

motorcycle Montesa A-45 female (1945/1947) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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

motorcycle Montesa A-45 male (elastic) (1945/1947) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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

D-51 motorcycle, street Pau Claris in Barcelona (1951/1951) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

A model D-51 Pau Claris Street in Barcelona.

motorcycle Montesa D-51 (1951/1952) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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.

motorcycle Montesa Brio 90 (1953/1956) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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 family travels with Montesa (1955/1955) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

New facilities Montesa factory in Pamplona Street Poble Nou in Barcelona. (1951/1951) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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.

Planning Office Montesa. (1958/1958) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

A day in the offices of Planning Montesa in 1958.

Francis X. Bultó on an A-45. (1945/1945) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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

Preparation of motorcycles Sprint. Mechanics Montesa. by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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.

Advertisement Montesa achievements of the Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man 1951 (1951/1951) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

Tourist Trophy Isle of Man. (1956/1956) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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

motorcycle Montesa Sprint (1956/1956) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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

Department of races factory Montesa. (1962/1962) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

Racing department in 1962.

Margot Pearson (1961/1961) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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

motorcycle Montesa Brio 110 (1959/1963) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

New model 1959, Brio 110.

Section assembly Microscooter. (1963/1963) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

Production Line Micro Scooter Montesa.

motorcycle Montesa Microscooter (1963/1973) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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.

Leopoldo Milà. (1955/1955) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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

motorcycle Montesa Impala 175 (1962/1971) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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 model Impala. (1962/1962) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

Press presentation of the new Impala model.

The equipment operation impala route for Africa. (1962/1962) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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

Motorcycles beside Lake Victoria. (1962/1962) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

Motorcycle Impala "Lucharniega" (1962/1962) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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

Aerial view of the factory in Esplugues de Llobregat. (1970/1970) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

New factory complex in Esplugues de Llobregat

motorcycle Montesa Impala Sport 175 (1963/1971) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

Montesa Impala Sport 175cc.

motorcycle Montesa Impala Sport 250 (1966/1969) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

The powerful Montesa Impala Sport 250 cc.

Inside the factory Montesa. (1967/1967) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

Work on the new factory in Esplugues de Llobregat.

Mallol-Barba in the 24 hours of Montjuïc (1974/1974) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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

24 hours Montjuïc by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

motorcycle Montesa Impala Sport 250 cc (24 h. Montjuïc) (1963/1963) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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

motorcycle Montesa Impala GP (1962/1971) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

Replica model of competition "Grand Prix".

Motors for export. (1968/1968) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

ready for export engines.

Boxes of material for export to the city of Tokyo. by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

Material for export to the city of Los Angeles. by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

Crono 350 road Arrabassada. (1981/1981) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

Crono models on the road Arrabassada in 1981.

motorcycle Montesa Crono 350 (1981/1984) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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

Montesa Trial by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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.

Brío 91 modified, known as "La Cabra" (1957/1957) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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

motorcycle Montesa Cota 25 (1971/1974) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

Motorcycle Montesa Cota 25.

motorcycle Montesa Cota 247 (1974/1974) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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

First Trial Fiestas de San Miguel de Villajoyosa. (1975/1975) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

Team Montesa Trial. (1982/1982) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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

motorcycle Montesa Cota 349 (1980) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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

Montesa Area on a trial indoor test. (1989/1989) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

motorcycle Montesa Cota 315 R (1996) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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

Montesa Motocros (1972/1972) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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.

Motocross Gran Prix by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

motorcycle Montesa La Cross 66 (1966/1967) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

Montesa La Cross 66.

Road race in Barstow. (1972/1972) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

motorcycle Montesa Cappra 250 MX (1971/1972) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

Montesa Cappra 250 MX.

XIII Spanish Grand Prix Motocross. (1974/1974) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

Sprint on sand. Castelldefels. (1973/1973) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

I Moto Ice Montesa. Palau Blaugrana. Barcelona (1978/1978) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

motorcycle Montesa Enduro 360 H7 Rural Patrol (1982/1987) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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

Montesa in snow. by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

Photography Montesa stand. by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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.

motorcycle Montesa Fura (1958/1958) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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

motorcycle Montesa 250cc bicylindrical (1967/1967) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

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

motorcycle Montesa mini mini (1970/1972) by MontesaNational Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia

Montesa mini mini 1970, 50 cc.

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