1978 MV Agusta 750S America Frame no. 2210368 Engine no. 2210510
Lot 380
1978 MV Agusta 750S America Frame no. 2210368 Engine no. 2210510
£40,000 - 45,000
US$ 67,000 - 76,000
amended
Lot Details
1978 MV Agusta 750S America
Registration no. YAN 75T
Frame no. 2210368
Engine no. 2210510
Developed from its long line of highly successful multi-cylinder racers, MV Agusta's 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 Dell'Orto 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 handmade 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 engine's 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. It's 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 GT's 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.

First registered on 2nd December 1978, this 750S America has had only three owners and was acquired by the current vendor in April 2000, undergoing a thorough service and extensive refurbishment soon afterwards (see bill for £2,247.95 on file). Serviced again last summer (bill available) having covered only 57 miles in the intervening 12 years, 'YAN 75T' is described by the private vendor as in 'perfect' condition. The machine is offered with the aforementioned bills, old-style logbook, a quantity of expired MoT certificates, sundry paperwork, assorted literature, Swansea V5C document and current MoT.

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