1949 MV Agusta 125 Sport
Frame no. 020193/6
Engine no. 020147
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. Much 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. Inspired by the factory's competition successes, many customers converted their machines for racing, as in the case of the example offered here, the rear suspension of which has been converted from friction to hydraulic damping, greatly improving the roadholding. Un-restored and substantially original, only the fuel tank having been replaced and repainted (it was incorrect), the MV has been with the current owner for over 25 years and is described as in good working order having has seen little use recently. A guaranteed centre of attention at any MV gathering or British Two-Stroke Club event, the machine is offered with Belgian registration papers.
- The Engine number is 020141/6. Please refer to the photographs online at www.bonhams.com/21897 for the current condition and configuration of this machine.