1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144

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Lot 603
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni'
Registration no. FTM 258L Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144

Sold for £ 43,125 (US$ 58,585) inc. premium
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni'
Registration no. FTM 258L
Frame no. 2140349
Engine no. 221-0144
• Previously registered in Italy
• Magni chain drive conversion
• Owned by Robert White since 1991

Motorcycle race engineers are rarely household names, but one exception to this general rule is the legendary Arturo Magni. Born in Usmate Velate, Milan in 1925, Magni started his motorcycle career in 1947 in Gilera's racing department. The Arcore factory had decided to return to Grand Prix racing, and Arturo Magni was employed assembling the new four-cylinder engine designed by Piero Remor, co-creator of the pre-war OPRA and CNA Rondine fours. Gilera would go on to win six 500cc World Championships with this engine, courtesy of Messrs Duke, Masetti and Liberati.

In 1949 Count Domenico Agusta tempted Remor away from Gilera to design MV Agusta's first four-cylinder race engine. Magni followed him in 1950 as chief mechanic and later managed the racing department during MV's Grand Prix 'golden age'. At the height of its powers the Italian team could command the services of the world's finest riders, among them Sandford, Ubbiali, Surtees, Provini, Hailwood, Read and Agostini, and under Magni's direction MV won no fewer than 75 World Championships.

When MV retired from Grand Prix racing in 1976, Magni and his two sons set up their own company in Samarate, producing performance parts for the MV Agusta 750 street bikes, including big-bore kits, special frames, and chain-drive conversions. Magni commenced production of motorcycles under his own name in 1980, initially using the Honda CB900 engine, with BMW, Moto Guzzi and Suzuki-engined models following. In the mid-1908s Magni commenced what would turn out to be an immensely fruitful association with Moto Guzzi, using the latter's well established transverse v-twin engines.

Yet despite all his latter day successes with Moto Guzzi, Arturo Magni's name will forever be linked with that of MV Agusta, whose reputation this great engineer did so much to forge. The first MV model officially to bear his name was the 'Monza Arturo Magni', a stretched (to 832cc) version of the 750S America. The Magni version was enlarged to 861cc courtesy of an increase in bore size to 70mm and came with a specially tuned engine equipped with four 30mm Dell'Orto carburettors. Official production of the Magni, together with that of all MV Agusta's other models, ended in February 1979, although Arturo and his sons Carlo and Giovanni continued to create bespoke MVs to special order. Arturo died in 2005.

This MV incorporates some Magni parts, including a chain drive conversion, and we are advised that the engine is to 'America' specification; its full specification is not known. First UK registered in September 1987, it was acquired by Robert September in 1991 and was previously registered to, and supplied by, John Surtees. Currently displaying a total of 11,365 kilometres on the odometer, the machine is offered with old-style V5 document, ACI de-registration document, and some spare tank transfers. Please note the last digit of the frame number has been partially drilled through.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note Arturo Magni died in 2015 and not 2005 as stated in the catalogue.
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1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
1973 MV Agusta 750S 'Magni' Frame no. 2140349 Engine no. 221-0144
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