1973 MV Agusta 750S Frame no. MV4C75*2140416* Engine no. 214-0400

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Lot 647
1973 MV Agusta 750S
Registration no. XYO 11N Frame no. MV4C75*2140416* Engine no. 214-0400

Sold for £ 81,650 (US$ 111,357) inc. premium
1973 MV Agusta 750S
Registration no. XYO 11N
Frame no. MV4C75*2140416*
Engine no. 214-0400
• Formerly owned by the late John Foulston
• Believed only three owners from new
• Present ownership since 1997

This MV Agusta 750S was delivered new to the Gus Kuhn dealership in 1973 and first registered in 1974. The MV was purchased by the current vendor from Brooks' Olympia auction on 3rd December 1997 (Lot 165), at which time the odometer total stood at only some 2,000 miles. The machine was offered from the estate of the late John Foulston, gentleman racing driver and owner of the Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Snetterton and Cadwell Park circuits, whose collection of racing cars was offered at Olympia the following day (see catalogue scans). It would appear that Foulston never registered the MV in his name, as one Piero Fenocchi is listed on the V5C as the sole previous owner (from 29th August 1974).

An enthusiastic member of the MV Owners Club of GB, the structural-engineer vendor MoT'd the machine in May 1998 (at 2,022 miles) and has since covered a further 9,900-or-so miles over the years. The current odometer reading is 11,968 miles. The machine was last ridden on 26th April 2019, to the Bellingham MoT test centre. On the return from the MoT test, the owner hit a slippery patch and while miraculously keeping control of the Italian heavyweight, the tank brushed against a wall while coming to a stop, hence the dent on the tank's right-hand side. The paintwork is believed to be original/un-restored, hence the vendor's decision to leave the dent for the new owner to decide on the best course of treatment.

'XYO 11N' has been displayed regularly at MV OC club events and various shows including the 2014 Carole Nash Great Scottish Bike Show (see images of Giacomo Agostini aboard the machine). The (believed original) tool kit still in situ beneath saddle, and the machine also comes with a substantial file containing correspondence; invoices; expired MoTs and tax discs; old registration documents, etc. Due to the Covid restrictions and the vendor's advancing years, the machine has not been ridden since 2019 and will require re-commissioning to a greater or lesser extent before further use.

Saleroom notices

  • The recorded mileage is 11,970 miles. There is a V5C with this lot. Please click the link to view the walkaround video of Lot 647: click here
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1973 MV Agusta 750S Frame no. MV4C75*2140416* Engine no. 214-0400
1973 MV Agusta 750S Frame no. MV4C75*2140416* Engine no. 214-0400
1973 MV Agusta 750S Frame no. MV4C75*2140416* Engine no. 214-0400
1973 MV Agusta 750S Frame no. MV4C75*2140416* Engine no. 214-0400
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