1973 MV Augusta 750S Auctioneered at Bonhams

‘The 750S is still one of the most dramatic looking bikes made. This is in no small part due to the colours: crimson frame, red, blue and white tank, and white fairing with the insignia of MV Agusta emblazoned on the sides.’ – Bike magazine.

Developed from its long line of highly successful multi-cylinder racers, MV Agusta’s first road-going four – the 4C, a twin-carburettor, 600cc, shaft-driven tourer – appeared in 1965. But the public demanded something more exciting from many-times World Champions MV, and the Gallarate manufacturer duly obliged in 1968, upping capacity to 743cc and further boosting maximum power (to 65bhp) by fitting a quartet of Dell’Orto carburettors to the revised 750S, a high-speed symphony in red, white, and blue. Perhaps surprisingly for a sports model, the 750S retained the 4C’s shaft final drive, while the frame too was virtually identical to that of its predecessor.

Hand made in limited numbers and priced accordingly, the 750S was way beyond the financial reach of the average enthusiast, selling to the kind of well-healed individual who might also own a Ferrari, Maserati, or Lamborghini. Marque specialist, the late Mick Walker got to try a mint, low mileage example in 1983, recording the event in his book ‘MV Agusta Fours’: ‘The experience was unique; the rider was transported to a different level, and made to feel really special. There was certainly a pronounced “feel-good factor”.’

Although no lightweight – it weighed nearly as much as the 903cc Kawasaki Z1 – the 750S gave little away in outright performance terms to such larger machinery, thanks, no doubt, to its engine’s Grand Prix heritage. Testing a 750S in 1975, Bike magazine found the motor very powerful. ‘Surprisingly it also has great reserves of torque and pulls happily from four thousand. It’s probably the most powerful 750cc motor made; in a straight drag with a Z1 it lost only a few yards up to 100mph.’ The Scarab brakes, too, came in for praise. The 750S was not replaced (by the 750S America) until 1976. Bike rated the 750S as ‘one of the most dramatic-looking bikes made, the real stuff of legend.’ Few would disagree.

Miklos purchased this 750S America from Motos Antiguas of Membrilla, Spain in February 2014. The purchase receipt is on file and the machine also comes with an old Spanish (Barcelona) registration document recording regular technical inspections from 1988 up to 2007 when the documents was cancelled. The history file also contains DVLA correspondence, old/current V5C Registration Certificates, a quantity of MoTs (most recent expired February 2018), and sundry invoices for parts and services; the most recent of the latter is dated February 2017 when the carburettors and brake callipers were dismantled, sonically cleaned, and rebuilt. It should be noted that the V5C documents incorrectly list the DGM (Direzione Generale Motorizzazione) product homologation number rather than the actual frame number (as above).

Report by bonhams.com

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