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Unicorn or Black Pig? 1967 MV Agusta 600 4C6 #001 for Sale in France

1967 MV Agusta 600 R Front

Well here’s something you don’t see every day, although this four-cylinder MV Agusta 600 is the kind of thing that could spoil forever your image of MV as the manufacturer of the most beautiful motorcycles in the world. Fans of the ferocious red race bikes were certainly excited to hear that MV would be releasing a road-going four-cylinder machine, but the new bike was greeted with stunned silence instead of cheers. With that snout-like rectangular lamp and black paint, it’s pretty easy to see how easy it was for the bike to quickly earn the “Black Pig” nickname…

1967 MV Agusta 600 L Front Detail

Count Agusta, like his four-wheeled counterpart Enzo Ferrari, was primarily interested in racing. The company may have been started, like so many Italian companies of the era, building practical transportation in the years immediately following World War II. But their hearts were always in racing, and like Enzo, Agusta basically tolerated roadgoing production as a means to an end.

1967 MV Agusta 600 Engine Detail2

Pitched as a “touring bike” the 600 made a claimed 60hp at 8,000 rpm and weighed in at a piggish 485lbs wet. The new four-cylinder included MV’s characteristic shaft-drive that was supposedly included so that privateers couldn’t simply buy a bike off the showroom floor and compete against factory teams.

1967 MV Agusta 600 L Front

From the original eBay listing: 1967 MV Agusta 600 4C6 for Sale

Here is available for sale, or for exchange why not, a huge monument on two wheels, the ultimate Graal for the best collector: MV Agusta #199-001, the very first MV Agusta 4 cylinder road registered bike ever built, the very first of approx. 1200 other legendary MV/4 ever built from 1967 to 1977 ! Nothing less than the fully original, never restored and very well preserved MV Agusta #001, coming with its complete original paperwork as when sold new: original libretto, original 1967 MV Agusta invoice and much more… Definitely a unique opportunity to buy today, at a still reasonable price, the next M USD motorcycle !

Yes, exchange or part of exchange possible, an even more rare and unique opportunity for you to catch an absolute masterpiece of the MV Agusta legend, and more generally of the motorcycle history, without pulling money out of your pocket, but only some dusty stuff from your over filled garage why not…

So much to say about MV #001, its exceptional history, as far as its so well preserved original condition… Just one word, about the original varnish beautifully turned yellow with years , originally sprayed by the MV factory on engine #001 only: the strict same varnish used on some other legendary italian sports car’s early engines, like the first 1965 Lamborghini Miura prototype engine, to prevent possible oil porosity issues on the very first sandcast engine… A part of the legend I said…

No silly exchange offers please, only very serious and motivated requests will be answered with many detailed other pics…

One of the greatest historic motorcycle is available for sale today, waiting now for its new owner, it will have to be the most discerning collector, with the best motorcycles or even the most exclusive red cars all around, or the best museum only…

Finally, here is the good thought for the day: Count Agusta’s MV #199-001, the very first road registered 4 cylinder MV, would be perfect next to Enzo’s 166 Inter, the very first road registered V12 Ferrari… But it’ll be just too bad that finding the legendary 166 Inter # 001 promises to be an impossible task… otherwise for an obviously much more expensive amount anyway! 

1967 MV Agusta 600 Engine Detail

Less than 150 were made and all were painted black. Magni still makes a kit to convert the shaft-drive MVs to chain-drive, saving some weight and getting the bike closer to the spirit of the racing machines. Install the kit, swap in a simple round headlight and you’ll end up with a bike with that gorgeous sand-cast engine and an engine note to die for.

Just make sure you carefully box up those original parts…


1967 MV Agusta 600 R Front2

Practical Classic: 1982 Ducati 600SL Pantah for Sale

1982 Ducati 600SL Pantah R Side

After the humiliating failure of the parallel-twin 500GTL project, Ducati was quick to introduce the v-twin Pantah that had been developed in secret by Fabio Taglioni, who was convinced that the parallel-twin wasn’t the right direction for the company to pursue. It kept the iconic, smooth 90° “L-twin” configuration, but replaced the bevel-drive and tower-shafts of the earlier motor and substituted cheap and quiet toothed rubber belts. The upside was greatly reduced production costs, the downside was relatively short service intervals, although belt-changes are a pretty simple operation and many owners do the work themselves.

1982 Ducati 600SL Pantah Dash

The new bike had impressive specs, with a claimed 50hp from its 500cc engine and a five-speed gearbox. Unlike the earlier bevel-drive bikes, all of Ducati’s twins now featured their Desmodromic valve actuation. Wet weight was 443 lbs. and the bike could reach a top speed of 115mph. The 500 was superseded by the 600 in 1981 that, thanks to revised gearing, had an almost identical top speed but better midrange punch, with power increased to 57hp from the 583cc engine.

1982 Ducati 600SL Pantah Speedo

From the original eBay listing: 1982 Ducati 600 SL Pantah for Sale

I bought it in 5/12/2006 from a collector and I kept it the in garage all this time without riding it. The previous owner did ride it and the motorcycle has normal wear on it. It is otherwise in great condition.

Also included are two original Italian helmets.  Buyer is responsible for pick-up.

Obviously, a couple old helmets are best for display, but still pretty cool to have. Keep in mind that, if this has been mostly sitting since 2006, it may need some attention before being ridden: hoses dry out and crack, tires get hard, electrical connections can corrode, and gaskets can leak. That being said, the bike does run, and the seller includes this video of the bike running.

For a long time, these were very inexpensive to buy, although not all that easy to find. Considering the relatively high miles, I think the seller might be aiming a bit high with a $6,700 Buy It Now price. But these are ground zero for Ducati’s modern bikes, and provided the foundation for virtually every two and four-valve twin produced, making them historically significant and the ideal practical classic, with good parts availability and real-world ability.


1982 Ducati 600SL Pantah L Side


One for the Road: 1982 Ducati NCR TT for Sale

1982 Ducati NCR TT L Front

Almost literally a one-of-a-kind motorcycle, this Ducati-powered NCR is one of only two bikes built that were originally intended for road use, although several of the racebikes have apparently been converted for street duty. The one-piece tank and tail-section are distinctive NCR design features and the Verlicchi frame and monoshock rear were both advanced features for the time.

1982 Ducati NCR TT R Engine

If you’re not familiar with NCR, their history is intertwined with Ducati, and they are responsible for building some of their most famous racebikes, including Mike Hailwood’s Isle of Man machine. Powered by the 600cc version of Ducati’s then-new Pantah L-twin still found in air-cooled models today, although this earlier configuration has the carburetor feeding the rear cylinder in a more traditional, entirely less-compact location.

1982 Ducati NCR TT Dash

There are lots of great details on this bike, including the vintage Kröber racing tachometer. And where can I get one of those cut-out “DUCATI” front sprocket covers?

1982 Ducati NCR TT L Engine

The listing includes the full history of this bike which, it turns out, sounds pretty dramatic, considering it has no racing history at all…

From the original eBay listing: 1982 Ducati NCR TT Roadbike for Sale

Scuderia NCR TT. One of only two road bikes made by the legendary Ducati race team.

Approximately nine frames were made by Verlicchi for the Pantah based bikes.Seven were in racing style. With six being mono shock and one twin shock.

The whereabouts of all seven race bikes are known. Three went to Australia (two converted to road bike, including the one twin shock), one was never assembled, One each to Sweden (written off), Germany (converted to road), and two in Italy, including one in a ‘Old Racing Spare Parts’ museum. Mario Sassi has confirmed that mine is an original Verlicchi built frame.

Two were built in road style. One was in silver/red with full fairing (photo 24) and one in red/silver with half fairing. Mine is the only one ever built where the one piece tank/seat unit is in alloy and fiberglass.   

These road bikes were never made available to the public but produced by commission only. 

1982 Ducati NCR TT R Rearset

With a focus on racing, machines from NCR are obviously not series-production bikes. Like modern NCR’s, they are built upon request to customer specifications and are of the “if you have to ask” variety. This is pretty clear from the bidding, which is up to $37,500 with just one day left on the auction. That’s a ton of dough for a Pantah-based Ducati, but accurately reflects the rarity and racing heritage of both parents. Or “all three,” if we include frame builders Verlicchi.

This same bike was up for auction last year, with a $50,000 Buy It Now price, so perhaps the actual value lies somewhere in between?


1982 Ducati NCR TT L Side