c.1968 MV Agusta 750S Frame no. MV4C6199075 Engine no. 199076

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Lot 572
c.1968 MV Agusta 750S
Registration no. GMN 635L (IOM) Frame no. MV4C6199075 Engine no. 199076

Sold for £ 36,800 (US$ 49,992) inc. premium
c.1968 MV Agusta 750S
Registration no. GMN 635L (IOM)
Frame no. MV4C6199075
Engine no. 199076
• Originally owned by Ing Giovanni Lancia
• Imported from Italy
• Believed un-restored
• 19,139 kilometres recorded

Developed from its long line of highly successful multi-cylinder racers, MV Agusta's first road-going four - the 4C, a twin-carburettor, 600cc, shaft-driven tourer - appeared in 1965. But the public demanded something more exciting from many-times World Champions MV, and the Gallarate manufacturer duly obliged in 1968, upping capacity to 743cc and further boosting maximum power (to 65bhp) by fitting a quartet of Dell'Orto carburettors to the revised 750S, a high-speed symphony in red, white and blue. Perhaps surprisingly for a sports model, the 750S retained the 4C's shaft final drive while the frame too was virtually identical to that of its predecessor.

Hand made in limited numbers and priced accordingly, the 750S was way beyond the financial reach of the average enthusiast. Marque specialist Mick Walker got to try a mint, low mileage example in 1983, recording the event in his book 'MV Agusta Fours': 'The experience was unique; the rider was transported to a different level, and made to feel really special. There was certainly a pronounced "feel-good factor".'

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 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 MV Agusta 750S comes with a copy extract of the MV factory records confirming matching frame/engine numbers and showing that it was completed on 19th December 1968. The first owner is listed as 'Ing Giovanni Lancia', this being none other than Gianni Lancia, son of car-company founder Vicenzo Lancia, who had taken over the running of this most famous Italian automobile manufacturer following his uncle Arturo's death in 1948.

Imported from Italy, the MV was first registered in the UK in 1998 and has been registered in the Isle of Man since December 2003. It as a 'Nuova Casa Della Moto S.P.A' dealer transfer to the front mudguard and comes with its previous 'Roma' numberplate. Used on the Isle of Man and believed un-restored, the MV currently displays a total of 19,139 kilometres on the odometer and was last taxed in 2012. The machine is offered with an original Instruction Manual and an Isle of Man Registration Certificate.

Saleroom notices

  • This motorcycle consists of an MV Agusta 4C frame that originally formed part of a 600cc machine sold new to Ing Giovanni Lancia, and an engine up-rated to 750cc at a alter date. The twin-disc front brake is another later upgrade. Prior to bidding, prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves with regard to the originality and correctness of this Lot, which is sold strictly as viewed.
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c.1968 MV Agusta 750S Frame no. MV4C6199075 Engine no. 199076
c.1968 MV Agusta 750S Frame no. MV4C6199075 Engine no. 199076
c.1968 MV Agusta 750S Frame no. MV4C6199075 Engine no. 199076
c.1968 MV Agusta 750S Frame no. MV4C6199075 Engine no. 199076
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