1974 MV Agusta 750S

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 HIGHLIGHTS 


  • One of only 583 built
• With the present owner since 1977
• Restored to a concours standard by Giovanni Magni, son of Arturo Magni, who was Racing
Director for MV Agusta throughout the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s
• Invoices for the restoration from 2020 and 2021 totalling over €14,000

THE APPEAL 


If there’s one nation on earth famed for consistently building high-quality and tantalisingly beautiful
sport bikes, it’s Italy, where such machines have featured permanently and prominently in its
motorcycling culture since the end of the Second World War. Count Domenico Agusta founded
MV Agusta on 19th January 1945 as a branch of Agusta Aeronautical, and wasted no time in
putting Agusta's aeronautical engineering expertise into the production of his designs for road
bikes, which he sold almost exclusively to finance his racing programme, much like Ferrari was
doing with cars.

Enthusiasts were smitten by the sight and sound of the Samarate-built MV Agustas tearing around
the racing circuits of Europe, with their big, sophisticated engines with four-cylinders and gear-
driven overhead cams, and there probably wasn’t a racing enthusiast on the planet who wouldn’t
have given their right arm to own a road-going version. When MV Agusta decided at last to offer a
four-cylinder for sale to the public, the result was the MV Agusta 600, which was replaced by the
750 Sport in 1970.

Moto GP Constructors’ Champions,
125 cc Class, from 1952 to 1960, 7 Times
250 cc Class, from 1955 to 1960, 5 Times.
350 cc Class, from 1955 to 1960, 9 Times.
500 cc Class, from 1956, then from 1958 until 1973, every year, except for 1966, 16 Times!

On the Fuel Tank, there is a Decal with World Constructors’ Champions Stars.

It differed from the racing bikes in that it used a driveshaft instead of chain-drive, which was a
deliberate feature to prevent privateers from buying it and challenging works-entered MV 750s on
the racetrack, but it was still very much a true sports bike with the stunningly beautiful looks and
raucous, howling exhaust note to go with it.

Of course, such a desirable machine couldn’t be given away, and the 750S was both expensive
and exclusive, with only 583 built from 1970 to 1975. From 1974, it benefitted from hydraulic dual-
disc front brakes, as MV Agusta OEM. For obvious reasons, any 750S is now a highly sought-after
collectors’ item, but probably none more so than this concours example, which has extensive
history with the present owner and retains close links to the MV Agusta factory.

THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK 


Manufactured on 6th July 1974 and registered on 24th July 1974
• Purchased by the vendor, who is the third registered owner, on 8th April 1977
• By that point in time, its frame had been painted black and the tank repainted in a red and silver
colour scheme, evoking the newer 750S America
• The bike was maintained by the MV Agusta factory and its technicians through the rest of the
1970s
• The vendor subsequently became a close personal friend of Count Corrado Agusta, brother of
Domenico, in the latter years of Count Corrado Agusta’s life
• In the 1980s, the frame was sand-blasted and nickel-plated and an original MV Agusta fairing
was acquired
• Restored in 2020 and 2021 to a concours standard in original MV Agusta OEM colours by
Giovanni Magni
• Paperwork file includes all the relevant Italian ownership and registration documents with its
Italian number plate, along with invoices from Giovanni Magni
• The vendor also has e-mails from the MV Agusta factory confirming the bike’s original colour
specification

Please note: The vendor is selling the bike as is with no warranty or guarantee, stated or implied.

The buyer will be responsible for the transfer and transport of the motorcycle, as per INCOTERMS
2020 ExWorks, as well as all costs associated with tax and duties etc.

THE CONDITION 


• Restored in its original factory MV Agusta OEM colours
• One of a relatively small number of 750Ss equipped with a full MV Agusta racing-style fairing
• MV Agusta logo painstakingly recreated
• A serious contender in any concours

Certain things have to be seen before they can be believed, and this MV Agusta is just such an
object. It is, simply put, so good that it is difficult to imagine that it has ever turned a wheel.
Bidders really must take some time to appreciate some of the steps that were taken to get the
750S looking exactly right. A replacement MV Agusta decal for the fairing could not be sourced, so
a friend of the vendor who works as a designer in the silk industry took a small MV Agusta logo,
projected it onto a wall and drew the scaled-up version on rice paper.

He then used this to paint the logo on the fairing, over a bronze foil inlay, for the gear, then All
Cleared. This was done in the 1980s.
Recently, by Giovanni Magni, the bike was disassembled and thereafter reassembled, with the
frame being powder-coated and the fuel tank painted in MV Agusta 750S Factory Correct Colors,
all totally correct as per the original factory colour scheme. The fairing was also repainted in the
factory-correct America colours of red and silver, with the MV Agusta Logo Labously Masked. We
noticed some very small superficial damage to the inlay of the Agusta lettering, after repainting.

Its present condition is the result of a recent comprehensive restoration by Giovanni Magni, whose
father Arturo directed MV Agusta’s racing programme during its heyday in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.
Magni went to great pains to see that all the work was undertaken to the highest possible
standard, resulting in a motorcycle which is, we might venture to say, probably better than new.

The bright red seat has been recovered and, based on all we have seen of it, it looks to be
immaculate. The brightwork consists entirely of either new or replated items, so that is as
outstanding as everything else on the bike.

THE MECHANICS 


• In superb working order
• Full mechanical rebuild included new piston rings and bearings, carburettor rebuild and more
• Included with the sale is a shipping crate and a separate box with spare parts

Secretively shrouded behind the fairing sits one of the finest and most beautiful engines installed
in any 1970s road bike, an inline-four with the gear-driven double overhead cams and shaft-drive
to the rear wheel. Developed with years of race-engineering expertise, the 72bhp unit made the
750S a 120mph bike, putting it very much in superbike territory.

One can imagine how thrilling it was when new, and this example should still be capable of
providing all the same excitement, since it has been subject to a mechanical rebuild. One should
also note that this is the 2nd series of the 750S 4C75 which featured larger under-float
carburettors and OEM front disc brakes.

The vendor advises that it starts, runs and stops exactly as it should do, making it a real joy,
especially around the mountains and hills of northern Italy. The invoices from Giovanni Magni
detail that the engine was rebuilt with new bearings and piston rings.

The carburettor was rebuilt with new gaskets, and new exhaust pipe gaskets were also fitted. The
bike has further benefitted from a new clutch lining and front brake hose, among many other
things. The external condition of the mechanical parts could hardly be better, either. Everything
which has been painted or plated looks much like new, while bare-metal parts like the rear drum
brake have a beautiful, very light patination.

As yet, the MV Agusta hasn’t been taken out since its restoration, but it’s fitted with new Metzeler
tyres and a new Bosch OEM type battery (still to be filled with acid and charged), so we can’t think
of anything that should stop you enjoying it straight away.

The vendor acquired a large crate of spares in the 1980s which he will pass on with the bike.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1974
  • Make MV Agusta
  • Model 750S 4C75
  • Colour Red and Blue
  • Odometer 25,367 Kilometres
  • Engine size 750
  • Town Samarate
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location International
  • Country Italy
Bidding history
25 bids
  • speedst•••• €95,000 18/05/22
  • bruno-s•••• €92,000 18/05/22
  • speedst•••• €90,000 18/05/22
  • bruno-s•••• €85,000 18/05/22
  • speedst•••• €80,000 18/05/22
  • bruno-s•••• €78,000 18/05/22
  • speedst•••• €75,000 18/05/22
  • bruno-s•••• €72,000 18/05/22
  • speedst•••• €70,000 17/05/22
  • bruno-s•••• €66,000 17/05/22

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