The Hans Schifferle Collection , 1969 MV Agusta 592cc 4C Tourer Frame no. MV4C6*199 0127 Engine no. 199-045

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The Hans Schifferle Collection , 1969 MV Agusta 592cc 4C Tourer
Registration no. not registered Frame no. MV4C6*199 0127 Engine no. 199-045

Sold for £ 43,700 (US$ 59,611) inc. premium
The Hans Schifferle Collection
1969 MV Agusta 592cc 4C Tourer
Registration no. not registered
Frame no. MV4C6*199 0127
Engine no. 199-045
• One of 135 made
• Already restored when purchased in 2019
• 191 kilometres since restoration

"By building a version of his fabulous dohc racing four engine into a touring frame, Count Agusta has created a unique, weird and wonderful collector's dream." - Cycle magazine.
Developed from MV Agusta's long line of successful multi-cylinder racers, the first road-going four - a twin-carburettor, 592cc tourer - appeared in 1965 at the Milan Show. With its touring cycle parts, shaft drive, and unappealing styling - more Japanese than European - the new MV 4C was not what enthusiasts expected from a marque with its roots deep in motorcycle racing. Nevertheless, MV's ugly duckling was an advanced design for its day, boasting an electric starter and twin front disc brakes, the latter a mechanical design by Campagnolo. And there was no denying that its engine looked gorgeous. As Mick Walker remarks in his book ('MV Agusta Fours'): 'Instantly recognisable as associated with its GP brothers, it was in many ways almost worth putting up with the look of the motorcycle just to have that legendary engine in your garage.'

Production proper commenced in the summer of 1967, with the price in the USA set at $2,889. (When it went on sale a year or so later, Honda's 750cc four cost less than $1,500). Not surprisingly, customers were few, and only 135 examples of MV's first four-cylinder roadster had found customers before production ceased a few years later. Bowing to public demand for something more exciting from MV, the Gallarate marque duly obliged in 1969, upping capacity to 743cc and further boosting maximum power by fitting a quartet of Dell'Orto carburettors to the revised 750GT tourer and sporting 750S.

First registered on 8th January 1969 in Palermo, Italy, this original example of one of MV's rarest roadsters had already been restored when purchased in 2019 from a Turin-based collector, who had purchased it in 2009. The MV has covered only 191 kilometres since restoration and is presented in very nice condition. Accompanying documentation consists of a German Fahrzeugbrief; the 2019 purchase receipt; an expired TüV (MoT) certificate and correspondence; an old Italian registration document; and an MV4C6 spare parts catalogue and range literature.

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  • * Import VAT Low Rate
    Import tax at the reduced rate of 5% of the Hammer Price and Buyers Premium will apply should the lot remain in the UK.

    N (NOVA): This lot is subject to a fee of £125 + VAT payable by the Buyer, to undertake the relevant NOVA and C88 (Customs) clearance applications. Please see the Conditions of Sale for further information.

    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 frame number is MV4C6*199 045. There is a spare headlamp shell offered with the lot.
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The Hans Schifferle Collection , 1969 MV Agusta 592cc 4C Tourer Frame no. MV4C6*199 0127 Engine no. 199-045
The Hans Schifferle Collection , 1969 MV Agusta 592cc 4C Tourer Frame no. MV4C6*199 0127 Engine no. 199-045
The Hans Schifferle Collection , 1969 MV Agusta 592cc 4C Tourer Frame no. MV4C6*199 0127 Engine no. 199-045
The Hans Schifferle Collection , 1969 MV Agusta 592cc 4C Tourer Frame no. MV4C6*199 0127 Engine no. 199-045
The Hans Schifferle Collection , 1969 MV Agusta 592cc 4C Tourer Frame no. MV4C6*199 0127 Engine no. 199-045
The Hans Schifferle Collection , 1969 MV Agusta 592cc 4C Tourer Frame no. MV4C6*199 0127 Engine no. 199-045
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