1970 MV Agusta 592cc 4C Tourer Frame no. 199 0127 Engine no. 199-0117

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Lot 573
1970 MV Agusta 592cc 4C Tourer
Registration no. Not UK registered Frame no. 199 0127 Engine no. 199-0117

Sold for £ 43,700 (US$ 59,366) inc. premium
1970 MV Agusta 592cc 4C Tourer
Registration no. Not UK registered
Frame no. 199 0127
Engine no. 199-0117
• One of 135 made
• Imported in 1985
• Ridden in the Isle of Man
• 6,320 kilometres recorded

'By building a version of his fabulous dohc racing four engine into a touring frame, Count Agusta has created a unique, weird and wonderful collector's dream.' - Cycle magazine.
Developed from MV Agusta's long line of successful multi-cylinder racers, the first road-going four - a twin-carburettor, 592cc tourer - appeared in 1965 at the Milan Show. With its touring cycle parts, shaft drive, and unappealing styling - more Japanese than European - the new MV 4C was not what enthusiasts expected from a marque with its roots deep in motorcycle racing. Nevertheless, MV's ugly duckling was an advanced design for its day, boasting an electric starter and twin front disc brakes, the latter a mechanical design by Campagnolo. And there was no denying that its engine looked gorgeous. As Mick Walker remarks in his book ('MV Agusta Fours'): 'Instantly recognisable as associated with its GP brothers, it was in many ways almost worth putting up with the look of the motorcycle just to have that legendary engine in your garage.'

Production proper commenced in the summer of 1967, with the price in the USA set at $2,889. (When it went on sale a year or so later, Honda's 750cc four cost less than $1,500). Not surprisingly, customers were few, and only 135 examples of MV's first four-cylinder roadster had found customers before production ceased a few years later. Bowing to public demand for something more exciting from MV, the Gallarate marque duly obliged in 1969, upping capacity to 743cc and further boosting maximum power by fitting a quartet of Dell'Orto carburettors to the revised 750GT tourer and sporting 750S.

This original example of one of MV's rarest roadsters comes with an MV Agusta OC GB dating letter stating that it was manufactured in January 1970 and dispatched to a motorcycle dealership in Rome. The machine was imported in 1985 by Cledwyn Cooper and bought by Robert from MV collector, Michael Hull. Apparently un-restored, it has been ridden in the Isle of Man and displays a total of 6,320 kilometres on the odometer. The machine has never been registered in the UK. Accompanying documentation consists of two expired MoT certificates, C&E Form 386, and the aforementioned dating letter.
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1970 MV Agusta 592cc 4C Tourer Frame no. 199 0127 Engine no. 199-0117
1970 MV Agusta 592cc 4C Tourer Frame no. 199 0127 Engine no. 199-0117
1970 MV Agusta 592cc 4C Tourer Frame no. 199 0127 Engine no. 199-0117
1970 MV Agusta 592cc 4C Tourer Frame no. 199 0127 Engine no. 199-0117
1970 MV Agusta 592cc 4C Tourer Frame no. 199 0127 Engine no. 199-0117
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