1976 MV Agusta 750S America  Frame no. MV750 2210129

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Lot 379
1976 MV Agusta 750S America
Frame no. MV750 2210129

Sold for £ 32,200 (US$ 40,549) inc. premium
1976 MV Agusta 750S America
Frame no. MV750 2210129
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.

Professor Ehn purchased this original and unrestored 750S America in Switzerland from its first owner in 1985. The machine had covered only 5,000 kilometres (approximately 3,100 miles) at time of acquisition, to which a mere 266 kilometres has been added since. Last used on the road in 2007, it is presented in ‘ready to ride’ condition. The handmade Magni exhaust system is a particularly desirable feature of this already exclusive motorcycle, while the original pipes and silencers are included in the sale. The machine is offered with German logbook (Kraftfahrzeugbrief) and Swiss customs documents confirming its previous registration in Switzerland.

Saleroom notices

  • This machine carries engine no. 2210164 The original fairing is offered with the machine.
1976 MV Agusta 750S America  Frame no. MV750 2210129
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