c.1972 MV Agusta 750GT Frame no. 188G442 (see text) Engine no. 214-0134

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Lot 593
c.1972 MV Agusta 750GT
Registration no. 4101 MV Frame no. 188G442 (see text) Engine no. 214-0134

Sold for £ 51,750 (US$ 70,302) inc. premium
c.1972 MV Agusta 750GT
Registration no. 4101 MV
Frame no. 188G442 (see text)
Engine no. 214-0134
• Acquired for the collection circa 1997
• Last MoT'd 2002-2003
• Frame number re-stamped

Developed from MV Agusta's long line of successful multi-cylinder racers, the Italian company'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 MV, and the Gallarate marque 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 and more sporting 750S. 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.

It was followed a few years later by the 750GT (Gran Turismo) which, as its name suggests, was intended for touring. In keeping with the latter role the 750GT featured a dual seat, conventional handlebars and forward-mounted footrests in place of the single seat, clip-on 'bars and rear-set footrests of the 750S. Curiously though, it also gained a higher compression ratio and lower overall gearing - both surprising features given its intended purpose. Other noteworthy features included a slab-sided fuel tank, fork gaiters, front 'crash' bars, and a distinctive white and bronze colour scheme. Predictably, anyone sufficiently wealthy to buy a four-cylinder MV opted for the more stylish sports version, with the result that only 50 750GTs found customers. Although relatively unpopular in its day, the ultra-rare 750GT is now one of the most sought-after of MV roadsters.

This 750GT has Gus Kuhn stickers to the side panels, the South London dealership having been appointed the official UK concessionaires in October 1972. The machine's current registration dates from March 1988 when it belonged to one Peter Jones of Broad Oak, Kent, who was followed, from December 1988, by MV collector, Michael Hull. Robert bought the MV from Mr Hull circa 1997. Displayed at the Brooklands 'Auto Italia' meeting in the late 1990s, it is offered with old-style V5 document and an expired MoT (2002-2003). It should be noted that the frame number has been re-stamped, though it is not known when or by whom. Records show that the engine (an original 750GT unit) formed part of a machine despatched to Melbourne, Australia in 1972.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is MV4C6*188G442*.
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c.1972 MV Agusta 750GT Frame no. 188G442 (see text) Engine no. 214-0134
c.1972 MV Agusta 750GT Frame no. 188G442 (see text) Engine no. 214-0134
c.1972 MV Agusta 750GT Frame no. 188G442 (see text) Engine no. 214-0134
c.1972 MV Agusta 750GT Frame no. 188G442 (see text) Engine no. 214-0134
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