2000 MV Agusta 750cc F4 'Serie Oro' Frame no. ZCGF400AAXV000050 Engine no. not visible

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Lot 13
2000 MV Agusta 750cc F4 'Serie Oro'

Sold for £ 27,600 (US$ 36,256) inc. premium
2000 MV Agusta 750cc F4 'Serie Oro'
Registration no. not UK registered
Frame no. ZCGF400AAXV000050
Engine no. not visible
• Number '50' of only 300 made
• Landmark modern MV model
• Imported from Italy

It was every motorcycle enthusiast's fervent hope that, having bought the rights to arguably the most famous and charismatic name in motorcycle racing history, Cagiva would not let the MV Agusta marque remain dormant for long. MV became part of the Cagiva group in 1991 and sure enough, before the decade's end its unmistakable emblem was once again adorning the flanks one of the world's most fabulous motorcycles - the F4.

Introduced to the public at the 1998 Milan Show, the F4 has already become part of MV legend. In a publicity masterstroke, the factory announced that, most unusually, production would commence with a limited edition run of just 300 very special F4s - the 'Serie Oro' (Gold Series). Production, at the leisurely rate of just three machines per day, commenced late in 1999 at MV's new factory at Cassinetta di Biandronno, Varese.

Designed by Massimo Tamburini, creator of the Ducati 916, the F4 employed a tubular-steel trellis frame, broadly similar to the Ducati's, beneath which the water-cooled double-overhead-camshaft 16-valve engine was suspended. The latter was designed by Ferrari and is unique among modern multi-cylinder motorcycle engines in so far as each cylinder's four valves are disposed radially, rather than as opposed pairs. Equipped with a state-of-the-art Weber-Marelli engine management system, this lightweight and compact power unit produced a class-leading 126bhp. A cassette-type six-speed gearbox enabled ratio changes to be made without splitting the engine.

The Serie Oro's UK price was set at approximately £26,500, more than double that of the standard F4 Strada, yet every single one had been sold prior to delivery, such was the demand. So just what is it that differentiates a Serie Oro from a Strada and justified that stratospheric price tag? Exotic materials employed in further reducing weight, that's what. For example: the Strada's gorgeously curvaceous fairing is made of plastic, whereas the Oro's is carbon-fibre; the five-spoke wheels and single-sided swinging arm - both aluminium on the Strada - are magnesium on the Oro; and the latter's rear shock is an Ohlins, replacing the Strada's Sachs unit. Plus, of course, the Oro's wealth of top-notch, gold-anodised componentry.

Representing possibly a rare opportunity to acquire one of these exotic hand-built superbikes in pristine condition, this Serie Oro - number '50' – is offered with an Italian registration document and an ACI Certificato di Proprieta dated 19th March 2015. The machine also comes with an original operation/maintenance manual and tool kit (incomplete).

Footnotes

  • The engine number is A X00104. The odometer reads 189km.
    As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number is A X00104. The odometer reads 189km.
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2000 MV Agusta 750cc F4 'Serie Oro' Frame no. ZCGF400AAXV000050 Engine no. not visible
2000 MV Agusta 750cc F4 'Serie Oro' Frame no. ZCGF400AAXV000050 Engine no. not visible
2000 MV Agusta 750cc F4 'Serie Oro' Frame no. ZCGF400AAXV000050 Engine no. not visible
2000 MV Agusta 750cc F4 'Serie Oro' Frame no. ZCGF400AAXV000050 Engine no. not visible
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