MV Agusta 837CC Boxer Under The Hammer

Wishing to improve on the 750S America, MV, in common with most manufacturers of the period, wanted something bigger, better, faster and more refined; in other words, exactly the same as the riding public. Financial constraints at the time dictated that a completely new model was not a possibility, so the company’s response was to increase the capacity of its four, as it had done previously, to 837cc, and incorporate other improvements such as new camshafts, and larger carburettors. Cast alloy wheels became standard fitments, and a new look was designed for the machine. The new machine was faster than the America by approximately 10mph, giving it a top speed in the region of 145mph. It was initially marketed in the UK as the MV Agusta Boxer, but this name apparently angered the Ferrari concern who had been using the nomenclature for their Berlinetta Boxer for some time. A hurried name change to the Monza was deemed advisable and, in consequence, only two Boxers ever appeared. One of the bikes was loaned to Phil Read by Agusta Concessionnaires, and the second was sold to the then chairman of the MV Owners club. The machine offered here is that second machine, which was purchased in 1993, by the late husband of the vendor, from one Peter Jones of Broad Oak, Kent, who had owned the machine from 1989. Originally registered SDP 118S, the Boxer now bears the most appropriate registration 7860 MV, which it has carried since early in its life. The mileage displayed on the speedometer is 6275, and is believed to be correct.

When acquired in 1993 the bike was running well and functioning as it should, but it has not been used or run since that time, and will therefore require re-commissioning and checking over prior to use on the road, particularly with respect to the brakes, which have suffered, as do all hydraulic brakes, when standing for significant periods of time.

Documentation comprises an old type V5C, the purchase receipt from 1993, three old MoT certificates, an old road tax disc, and a 750 Sport parts list. Also included with the machine is a spare fairing which is believed to have the signature of Giacomo Agostini.

An opportunity to acquire one of the most exotic road machines ever created by MV Agusta, with the added kudos of being one of two made.

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