1953 MV-Agusta 150 TEL
Frame no. 024411/18
Engine no. 203588
Although best known for their racing and road-going 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. Better engineered than any British contemporary, the 125 MV was powered by a neat unitary construction single-cylinder engine which, somewhat unusually for a post-war design, featured detachable transfer ports. The cycle parts comprised a twin-downtube swinging-arm frame and blade-type girder forks. Entitled 'TEL' (Tourism E Lusso = touring and luxury) for 1949, the 125 was joined by a broadly similar 150cc version in 1952. This example of the latter was purchased circa four years ago by the current vendor, a long-time member of the MV Owners Club. The machine is described as un-restored and fully original, even retaining its Italian numberplate and licence disc (dated 1958). Offered with MVOCGB dating letter.
- The frame number is 024414/12