It's one of the grand old nameplates in motorcycling, MV Agusta, founded in war-torn Italy in 1945 and steeped in racing tradition. From its inception to 1976, the company would win some 270 GP road races and take home 27 world titles with John Surtees, Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini, and Phil Read.
Designed by Massimo Tamburini, father of the seminal Ducati 916, the 1998 MV Agusta F4 was a high-revving 750cc four-cylinder, painted red and silver just like the Count's old racer winners, and with a trademark quad array of high-mounted exhaust tips. Launched in 2004, the F4 1000 adhered to the same basic layout as the preceding 750. Power went up to a claimed 166 horsepower, good enough for a top speed in the region of 180mph. Wisely, MV chose not to change the F4's overall appearance, the Massimo Tamburini-designed 750 being widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever made.
Only 300 limited edition Tamburini F4s were built for the world market. Each had a re-tuned 4-cylinder engine installed producing 173 horsepower, and included a magnesium swing arm and frame plates, a carbon fiber kit comprising air box, air ducts, tail fairing, front mudguard, side panels, and upper and lower chain guards, plus special graphics, an instrument panel with a stopwatch, and a gold serial number plate on the steering head.
With only 139 miles on the odometer, we have a near new motorcycle the likes of which we may never see again.