1957 MV Agusta 125cc Super Pullman
Frame no. 904897
Engine no. 901925
Although best known for its large-capacity four-cylinder four-strokes, MV Agusta built lightweights throughout its manufacturing career and in its early days listed small two-strokes and even a scooter. Indeed, one of the marque's earliest Grand Prix results - 5th place in the Dutch 125 round in 1950 - was achieved by a two-stroke. Much better engineered than any British contemporary, the 125 MV was powered by a neat, unitary construction, single-cylinder engine featuring, somewhat unusually for a post-war design, detachable transfer ports. A development of this 125cc engine went into the unusual Pullman model of 1953, which combined elements of both the scooter and motorcycle. One of the Pullmans most unusual features was its frame, which employed a large-diameter curving front downtube, while the foot boards, single sprung saddle, twist-grip gearchange and small wheel/wide tyre combination were clearly scooter inspired. In 1955 it was joined by the Super Pullman, which despite the name was a proper motorcycle of entirely new design, albeit still a 125cc two-stroke. A pressed-steel spine frame, foot-operated gearchange, leading-link front forks and 18 diameter wheels were just some of the most obvious differences. The Super Pullman was produced from 1955 to 1958. This example of an MV lightweight rarely seen in the UK was totally restored in 2010. The machine is offered with before/after restoration photographs.
- The frame number is 901897