1977 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. 221-0399 Engine no. 221-0393

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Lot 585
1977 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America
Registration no. SWG 800S Frame no. 221-0399 Engine no. 221-0393

Sold for £ 49,450 (US$ 60,035) inc. premium
1977 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America
Registration no. SWG 800S
Frame no. 221-0399
Engine no. 221-0393
• UK registered from new
• Owned by Robert White since 1981
• Ridden regularly

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.'

In 1976 the 750S was replaced by the 750S America. 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.

This 750S America was first registered on 23rd August 1977 and was acquired by Robert - its third owner - in November 1981. Believed un-restored, the MV was ridden by Robert on a regular basis and currently displays a total of 10,500 miles on the odometer. The machine is offered with a V5C document, a Rider's Manual, and some photocopied technical literature.
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1977 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. 221-0399 Engine no. 221-0393
1977 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. 221-0399 Engine no. 221-0393
1977 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. 221-0399 Engine no. 221-0393
1977 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. 221-0399 Engine no. 221-0393
1977 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. 221-0399 Engine no. 221-0393
1977 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. 221-0399 Engine no. 221-0393
1977 MV Agusta 789cc 750S America Frame no. 221-0399 Engine no. 221-0393
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