46 kilometres from new
c.1977 MV Agusta 750S America
Frame no. 2210250
Developed from its long line of highly successful multi-cylinder racers, MV Agustas first road-going four - a twin-carburettor, 600cc tourer - appeared in 1965. But the public demanded something more exciting from many-times World Champions MV, and the Gallarate manufacturer duly obliged in 1969, upping capacity to 743cc and further boosting maximum power (to 69bhp) by fitting a quartet of DellOrto carburettors to the revised 750GT. Equipped with shaft rather than chain final drive, the 750 four arguably was more of a tourer than an out-and-out sports bike. Not that many people got to find out for themselves, for the MV was hand made in limited numbers and priced accordingly.
Also in the line-up was the more sporting 750S, a high-speed symphony in red, white and blue. Although no lightweight - it weighed nearly as much as a Kawasaki Z1 - the 750S gave little away in outright performance terms to such larger machinery, thanks, no doubt, to its engines Grand Prix heritage. Testing a 750S in 1975, Bike magazine found the motor very powerful. Surprisingly it also has great reserves of torque, and pulls happily from four thousand. Its probably the most powerful 750cc motor made; in a straight drag with a Z1 it lost only a few yards up to 100mph.
The 750S continued in production after the GTs demise in 1973. Its replacement - the 750S America - was introduced for 1976. Bored out to 789cc, the America produced a claimed 75bhp, an output sufficient to propel the Italian sportster to 100mph in around 13 seconds and on to a top speed of 135mph. Production of the 750S America ceased in February 1979. Bike rated the 750S as, one of the most dramatic-looking bikes made, the real stuff of legend. Few would disagree.
Kept on display as part of a private collection, this pristine 750S America, which has covered a mere 46 kilometres from new, has only been road-registered for one day (26th June 1995), an administrative requirement enabling it to be used on the road following the introduction of more stringent EU emissions regulations. The machine has enjoyed only one owner prior to the vendor, who acquired it 15 years ago, and is offered for sale complete with alternative chain final drive conversion kit.