1972 MV Agusta 750S
Registration no. DBE 118K
Frame no. MV4C75 214 0102
Engine no. 214 092
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 and was not replaced (by the 750S America) until 1976. Bike rated the 750S as 'one of the most dramatic-looking bikes made, the real stuff of legend.' Few would disagree.
This particular 750S was despatched new from the factory in February 1972 to a dealer in Bologna where it remained unsold for some three years. It was first registered on the 23rd June 1975 by one Giuliano Lamborghini of Cento near Modena, close to the Lamborghini car factory. On the 25th September 1975 the MV was bought by Giancarlo Monari of Ferrara, not far from Cento, and next passed to another Ferrara resident, Renzo Tartari, a collector of classic Italian motorcycles, on 18th June 1976, by which time it had covered around 4,000 kilometres.
Renzo's niece Silvana Baker (nee Montanari) often visited Italy accompanied by her husband Alan to see her uncle's collection. When Renzo began to suffer from ill health he decided to sell off part of his collection and Silvana bought the MV on 13th February 1986. It was kept garaged in Italy and ridden occasionally by her husband. When the Bakers returned to the UK in October 1994 they brought the MV with them. The bike was MoT tested at the time, the certificate showing 8,365 kilometres, and registered as 'KLL 858N', reflecting its 1975 date of first registration. The date of manufacture has since been established as 1972 and thus the MV now enjoys tax-free status as an historic vehicle.
In October 2008 the Bakers advertised the MV for sale and it was purchased by the current vendor, a classic motorcycle enthusiast living in Lincolnshire. Renowned marque specialists Kay Engineering of Lichfield, Staffordshire carried out an initial inspection and service, which was followed by some remedial work (bill on file). The latter included fitting a new fuel tank, front mudguard and stainless steel mudguard bracket. In addition, the stainless steel silencers were cleaned and polished, the seat changed and re-covered in red leather; the wheel rims polished; the wheels rebuilt with stainless steel spokes; and new tyres fitted.
Currently displaying a total of only 10,500 kilometres (approximately 6,500 miles) on the odometer, the machine is described as in generally very good condition and is being sold (reluctantly) only because of the vendor's advancing years. Additional accompanying documentation includes the original Italian registration documents, MV Owners' Club dating letter, MoT to January 2015 and V5C registration document.