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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…

-tad

1967 MV Agusta 600 R Front2

Raw Elegance: 1977 MV Agusta 750S America for Sale

1977 MV Agusta 750S America L Side Front

It really doesn’t matter if Honda’s new RC213V will be beaten by a bone-stock ZX-10 in every quantifiable measure of performance. It also really doesn’t matter how much it will cost: you probably couldn’t afford one and they’re all spoken for, anyway. And that’s the point: much like today’s MV Agusta 750S America, the RCV has a direct link to Honda’s MotoGP hardware and represents a blue-chip investment, and a one-of-a-kind experience for the most well-heeled enthusiasts, regardless of performance.

1977 MV Agusta 750S America R Side

Certainly, the 750S wasn’t the lightest or the most powerful bike available at the time. Saddled with a heavy, power-sapping shaft-drive system that helped the America weigh in at a Rubenesque 560lbs wet and dragged around by a mere 75hp, performance was certainly brisk, but nothing particularly impressive. But people plumping for this bike likely weren’t concerned about the ultimate performance: they wanted looks, sound, and feel, and they got that in spades. Comparing it to other bikes of the period, you can see that it has presence, and if you’ve been weaned on modern four-cylinder motorcycles, nothing can prepare you for the rough metallic shriek these machines make.

1977 MV Agusta 750S America Gauges

Originally displacing a shade under 750 at 743cc’s, the America featured, as you would expect, a bigger, bored-out 788cc engine for moar powar… It also moved the gearshift to the left to suit a less European clientele. But the engine was otherwise unchanged: the sand-cast four was sophisticated and smooth, with a cam-driven geartrain and an overall width less than a Honda CB400.

1977 MV Agusta 750S America R Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1977 MV Agusta 750S America for Sale

Frame# 221017
Engine# 221017
2,770 miles
NYS Title

Original, un-restored and in beautiful condition. Not only one of the lowest mileage Americas in existence, but probably the best one in original condition. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better one on this planet. The bike is absolutely stunning. and drives as beautifully as it looks. When the bike is idling it purrs like a cat, and when you hit the throttle it roars like a lion. It’s one of my favorite bikes of all time to ride. The 4-cylinders are so smooth and capable with or without passenger.

This bike will not disappoint.

Stored in climate-controlled space. The bike is located in downtown Manhattan. I don’t have any videos of the bike running but it sounds amazing.

1977 MV Agusta 750S America L Side Rear

While I appreciate Instagram as much as the next guy and this bike does look cool in the pics, I’d appreciate a less… saturated set of images. But the bike does look to be in very nice shape, excepting what appears to be some oil or fuel on the outside of the engine. Or is that just some Instagram-y filter effect?

1977 MV Agusta 750S America Engine

Obviously, this is a serious amount of money for a motorcycle: bidding is currently north of $55,000 and there’s still plenty of time left on the auction. That money could buy you a whole collection of cool motorcycles, and that’s exactly what I’d do with that lump of cash. But for those who want the most sophisticated machine the 1970’s had to offer from one of the most exotic brands of all time, there’s really not much to compare.

-tad

1977 MV Agusta 750S America L Side

Affordable Exotic: 1977 MV Agusta 350 Ipotesi for Sale

1977 MV Agusta Ipotesi L Side

Although vintage MV Agustas like the 750S command hefty sums when they trade, it’s easy to forget that they also made a range of other bikes, generally of much smaller displacements. These bikes are also extremely rare, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they command commensurately high prices. Several of these Iptotesis have graced our pages and, considering how rare they are, can be had for surprisingly modest amounts.

1977 MV Agusta Ipotesi R Side Detail

The Ipotesi, or “Hypothesis” was first shown in 1973 and produced between 1975 and 1977. It was powered by an air-cooled, parallel twin with overhead valves. It was styled by Giugiaro, whose automotive designs were generally better-received than his two-wheeled creations. This particular bike though features a clean, elegant design that is pretty successful.

1977 MV Agusta Ipotesi L Side Front

Unusual among bikes of the era, the Ipotesi featured MV’s electronic ignition instead of points and was available with or without the fairing shown here, so don’t let the minor damage put you off, since you could certainly show or ride the bike without it.

From the original eBay listing: 1977 MV Agusta 350 Ipotesi for Sale

Fast little bike. This bike was imported from Belgium 3 years ago. It fires right up and is happy to rev and shift, stop and steer like only an Italian thoroughbred can. Quite a surprise to ride, seems diminutive but a credit to the race engineering legend of MV Agusta. It has some minor cosmetic issues from shipping on left fairing and muffler. Priced to sell, bid only as much as you are prepared to pay, will send second chance offer if not sold at auction to highest bidder. The title reads as a 1975 model year, if this is a problem for you, do not bid.

1977 MV Agusta Ipotesi L Side Detail

The title issue he mentions seems to be pretty common among older bikes, likely the result of examples sitting in showrooms for several years before being titled. The last one we posted came with an asking price of $10,500 so it looks like the seller means it when they say “priced to sell.” The Buy It Now price is $8,950 with bidding currently up to $6,100 with just over 24 hours left on the auction. These are very rare, and although certain parts might be tricky to source, this Ipotesi looks like it will provide lots of entertainment for a relatively small outlay of cash.

-tad

1977 MV Agusta Ipotesi R Side

If You Have to Ask: 1975 MV Agusta 750S America

1975 MV Agusta 750S America R Front

While many sporting motorcycles from Ducati, Moto Guzzi, Norton, and Triumph sometime featured crude detailing and haphazard fit-and-finish, the MV Agusta 750S America was a premium product with a gorgeous, sand-cast four-cylinder engine at its heart. While four-cylinder engines would eventually be associated with mass-produced “Universal Japanese Motorcycles” in the late 1970’s, MV Agusta’s was a marvel of sophisticated, race engineering. The cams were driven by a straight-cut geartrain that ran between cylinders two and three and the engine is actually narrower than a Honda CB400’s.

1975 MV Agusta 750S America L Front

The America bumped the displacement of the transverse inline four to 787cc and 75hp and, true to its name, the gearshift was on the left and the brake on the right. Unfortunately, it retained the 750S’ heavy shaft drive, although Magni did produce a chain-drive conversion for the bike.

With a 560lb wet weight, the shaft drive, and a very exclusive price tag, this wasn’t a bike for race-track antics. It was a sophisticated, elegant bike for well-heeled fans of MV’s racing heritage and it excelled in that role, as reflected by their value today.

1975 MV Agusta 750S America Tank Detail

From the original eBay listing: 1975 MV Agusta 750S America

Magnificent machine. Sounds, runs and rides awesomely. Truly one of the greatest experiences in classic motorcycles.

This same bike actually featured on CSBFS back in 2012. The racing decals and “elf” logos may not be to everyone’s taste, but I’d expect they’re relatively easy to remove. I’ve seen 750’s with both wire wheels and cast wheels in magnesium or silver, but never with yellow-painted wheels. Red and yellow are a good color combination, although they’re a bit garish on an MV. They may not be to everyone’s taste, and I wonder how they will affect this sale. With a starting bid listed at a shocking $75,000 there are no takers as yet, but with plenty of time left on the auction, I’ll be curious to see if any buyers step up to the plate.

-tad

1975 MV Agusta 750S America R Side

One for the Moto Giro: 1958 MV Agusta 125 Turismo Rapido

1958 MV Agusta 125 Tourismo L Side

While both modern and vintage motorcycle enthusiasts generally associate the name “MV Agusta” with expensive, exotic, competition-oriented motorcycles. But without more affordable, readily-available machinery like this little 125 Tourismo Rapido to plump up the company’s bottom line, much of their famous racing success would have been impossible.

1958 MV Agusta 125 Tourismo Engine Detail

Certainly even when this bike was new, the name MV Agusta was associated with top-tier racing success. But the 125 and 175 models were designed to be sold by the bucketload to help finance those successful exotic machines. These were very popular, due to their quality construction and extremely frugal fuel consumption.

1958 MV Agusta 125 Tourismo L Tank

The bike used a four-stroke engine to add refinement to the package: two-strokes make plenty of power for their weight, but they’re rattle-y, dirty, and generally antisocial. Handling was excellent, even if power was unremarkable: bore and stroke for the overhead valve single were “square” at 54mm each, for a total of 123.6cc that put 6.5hp through a four-speed box.

1958 MV Agusta 125 Tourismo Speedo

From the original eBay listing: 1958 MV Agusta Turismo Rapido

Very rare and hard to find – original vintage MV Agusta – Turismo Rapido 125 cc – Legendary Italian Design at it’s Best. I personally hand selected and purchased this Bike in Germany from a private collector who had the Bike completely restored all to Factory specs in Germany about 9 years ago. No money has been spared not only to restore the Bike but also to preserve history.

At the beginning of the year I decided to display the bike at two well known shows here in Florida, my goal was to find out if the US Judges do have that trained eye needed to appreciate a bike like this one and the precision German craftsmanship going into a Restoration, THEY DID: 

On January 31st. the Bike made 2nd. PLACE – in European Bikes – at the – DANIA BEACH ANTIQUE MOTORCYCLE SHOW – and it made – BEST IN CLASS – at the Prestigious – BOCA RATON CONCOURSE D’ ELEGANCE – on February 22.nd 2015 – They did not skimp on the Trophy either, it is made by TIFFANY & CO. – Both awards goes with the bike, they belong to the bike and they are documented.

The 1958 Year marks the last year of this model and you’ll not find to many in all red. I’ll include some factory pictures that will show the bike with a black / red seat plus I found one factory picture showing the all red seat. In one of the pictures you’ll see Magura – plus a serial Nr. that’s the Manufacturer & nr. engraved in the handle bar, only the original MV Agusta handle bar has that, you’ll not find it in the after market parts.

I would grade the bike a 9 ( from 1 to 10 ) – you’ll find some very minor flaws like a small paint chip here and there and in one picture you’ll see a very minor surface rust spot on the rear rims chrome. There is nothing really that can take anything away from the overall Beauty of this bike. It is already a show winner but this is not just a bike for show you can actually ride this every day. I just changed the Engine Oil.

If you want to come by and check the bike out before you bid on it, that’s very welcome. The bike is so special that I keep it in the living room to my wife’s delight.

1958 MV Agusta 125 Tourismo Rear Suspension

These seem like such fun machines and are far more durable than their exotic nameplate would suggest, since they were originally designed to provide regular transportation with a dash of style. And with 40,000 of them sold during their lifetime, keeping one running shouldn’t be impossible, considering we’re talking about a sixty-year-old motorcycle. This would be a great way to participate in classic events like the Moto Giro, or just make a great weekend ride for puttering around your neighborhood.

-tad

1958 MV Agusta 125 Tourismo L Front

Iconic: 1978 MV Agusta 750S America

1978 MV Agusta 750S America L Front

Bikes like the MV Agusta 750S America make absolutely no sense on a performance-per-dollar basis. It’s the kind of motorcycle that today would have riders scoffing that they “could buy four GSX-R1000’s for that price…” But that’s obviously missing the point. MV Agusta’s raison d’être was always racing, and their road bikes of the era seemed designed deliberately not to sell: the original 600 was heavy, slow and, worst of all, it was ugly as sin. The 750 that followed was at least a handsome bike, but was burdened with a strange feature not generally found on sportbikes: shaft drive. Rumor has it that MV Agusta didn’t want their factory race teams to be challenged by privateers and fitted the heavy system to hobble them. Magni made a chain-drive conversion for the 750S, but most owners have kept them relatively stock.

1978 MV Agusta 750S America R Front Final

And honestly, there really wasn’t much to improve anyway, aside from that 560lb wet weight. They were compact and handling belied the bloat: on the move, the bike carried its weight well and the bike could be hustled through a set of bends. Ultimate limits weren’t racetrack-worthy, but that wasn’t really what this bike was about and with a price tag of $6000, it’s not like you’d want to push things too fast on the road anyway…

1978 MV Agusta 750S America Cockpit Final

The centerpiece, aside from the looks, fit-and-finish, and the name, was obviously that engine. Sand-cast and heavily-finned, with dual overhead cams, four cylinders, and a set of cam-timing gears in the center of the engine, it was ruggedly built, with a broad spread of power. Four-cylinder bikes are sometimes criticized for being bland and characterless, but this engine puts paid to that idea: induction, gear-whine, and the four individual exhausts combine into a complex, very expensive noise.

1978 MV Agusta 750S America Suspension Final

From the original eBay listing: 1978 MV Agusta 750S America

ONLY 1,112 Miles, original paint, excellent condition and VERY RARE. Believed to only be a 2 owner bike.

Comes with:
– 2 fairings
– 3 sets of exhaust pipes
– Original tool kit
– New battery
– Spare New Marzocchi Shocks
– Riders manual, shop manual, MV Agusta Super profile book & various related literature
– Street & Race Air Cleaners
– Brembo & OE front calipers

Clear title in hand. Bike is located in Atlanta. NO trades, No B.S. please.

1978 MV Agusta 750S America Tail

Interestingly, the 750S America is the very first MV I ever saw in the flesh. For several years, one sat in the showroom of The Garage Company in Southern California, in the days before the company’s modern incarnation and before the internet: until then, I’d been completely unaware that MV even made a roadbike at all. This is one of the rarest of the rare, an iconic bike with just 600 or so made in three years.  The seller mentions three different exhausts come with the bike, and I’d like to know if one is a set of those gorgeous, curved items generally seen in period photos… There’s just one day left on the auction, with the reserve not met, so move quickly if you happen to have a spare $76,000 burning a hole in your pocket.

-tad

1978 MV Agusta 750S America Rear Final

1957 MV Agusta Superpullman for Sale

1957 MV Agusta Superpullman R Front

Today, we view the Italian manufacturers like MV Agusta, Moto Guzzi, and Ducati as makers of high-end, relatively exotic performance bikes, and they’re certainly not doing anything to dissuade us from thinking that. But most of these Italian marques got their start or a very big boost at the end of World War II, supplying cheap and stylish transportation to a population devastated by war. So while racing was a real part of their heritage, and seriously sporting machines a part of their model line up, it was their less expensive offerings that were perhaps more important to the bottom line.

1957 MV Agusta Superpullman Controls

Bikes like this little MV Agusta Superpullman. Interestingly, this bike has little mechanically in common with the other small-displacement MV Agustas of this era, and in fact has little to do with the regular Pullman. This little two-stroke made about 6hp and put those ponies through a 4-speed box. MV made both two and four-stroke models and this particular bike was designed to bridge the gap between economical, unintimidating scooters and more sporting, practical motorcycles, much like the Moto Morini Corsarino we featured recently. The little Superpullman was priced competitively, but did not sell very well and was discontinued after only a few thousand were sold.

1957 MV Agusta Superpullman L Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1957 MV Agusta Superpullman for Sale
This really neat bike (one of only 3000 of this model ever produced) is ready for instant use, starts at first kick, is running and riding well (where everything on the bike works normal/like should!) and is, because of all the nice details, color-scheme and appearance just a pleasure to look at.
It has been restored very long time ago and is now showing light patina again. Some of the cromed parts are not nice, as on places some chrome has come off* (especially on the handlebar and exhaust-system, though both wheels and many other parts are ok!).
..*Basically this is a matter of having things re-chromed, or just to simply leave things like they are.
The paint is showing a very small scratch on top of the fuel-tank and furthermore a couple of really very small markings are visible on places, though these can, in case disturbing, easily be touched in.
Like often the case with these models has also on this bike the front-suspension been upgraded, where still today the telescopic and correct period MV Agusta front-fork is giving the machine excellent roadholding (as well as a very comfortable ride!).
1957 MV Agusta Superpullman R Rear

This example has lovely blue paint as opposed to the more familiar MV red and silver. The bike is currently titled in Belgium, so keep in mind it may not be very easy to check the bike out in person. But the listing is clearly written with very nice photographs and the seller seems motivated to sell it anywhere it can find the right buyer.

If you’re looking for something small and classy to decorate your livingroom, or a neat little weekend toy and don’t mind hunting up spares, this could be your bike!

-tad

1957 MV Agusta Superpullman L Side

 

1953 MV Agusta 125cc SuperSport for Sale

1953 MV Agusta 125 R Front

My fantasy garage is filled up with the classics: a big Moto Guzzi V7 or LeMans, a bevel-drive Ducati, a Laverda Jota…  Manly, brutal bikes all. But I always find myself prowling around, looking for MV Agustas.  And while I do lust after the modern Brutales, F3’s and F’4’s, I always have an eye out for the little ones, the sporting 125’s and 175’s.  They show up from time to time online and pricing varies wildly.

1953 MV Agusta 125 R Side

I do love the idea of a burly, powerful machine that is way more than I can handle, I’m a firm believer in the old adage, “It’s better to ride a slow bike fast than ride a fast bike slow…” Honestly, the guy I saw in a tank top and half helmet, stiff-arming his brand new Panigale up the Garden State Parkway probably thought he looked pretty cool, but it was pretty obvious he had no idea what he was doing… On the other hand, the guy I saw riding a GS500E at a recent track day made me smile as he passed liter bikes and serious sporting machines in the corners…

1953 MV Agusta 125 Dash

It also doesn’t hurt that, while these little MV’s may be pretty pricey, they’re still generally a whole lot less than the bigger four-cylinder bikes…  These look like they’d be a hoot to ride on a winding, two-lane road. Or look great parked up in your living room.

1953 MV Agusta 125 Seat

This particular two-stroke machine looks familiar…

From the original eBay listing: 1953 MV Agusta 125cc Super Sport

Selling my ultra rare 1953 MV Agusta 125 Super Sport.This motorcycle was purchased from the renowned Guy Webster museum in California.It has the level of restoration to go in the Guggenhiem display.The bike traveled in Italy’s famous Moto Giro which is noted on front number plate prior to full professional restoration level.The gas tank was just sealed for future settlement or ride ability.The frame work and fenders on this particular year lends itself to such a cafe graceful look compared to it’s predecessors.The seat is a Radaelli which is a long comfortable seating position seat.The handle bars which I choose to call mustache bars are a piece of jewelry that have emmvee hand grips in like new condition.The motorcycle comes complete with original Automobile Club D’Italia paperwork framed from 1953.Where are you going to find a 1953 MV Agusta motorcycle going back that far with original doc’s.

1953 MV Agusta 125 Grip

This one looks an awful lot like the one that was for sale a while back and posted here on this site. It may not have found a buyer then, but maybe second time’s the charm? These are rare machines, but sometimes that rarity can work against you. Hopefully, it will find a home this time around.

-tad

1953 MV Agusta 125 R Engine

1976 MV Agusta 350S Ipotesi for Sale

1976 MV Agusta 350S Ipotesi R Front

MV Agusta is certainly familiar to people who buy expensive, Italian garage jewelry and fans of fragile, price-no-object track tools.  They’re also familiar if you’re a fan of vintage motorcycle racing.  But MV also has a history of small-displacement sporting machines that they’ve been tapping into more recently, a line of simpler machines that could be bought and ridden by ordinary folks with a desire for elegant transportation on a realistic budget.

1976 MV Agusta 350S Ipotesi L Side Panel

First shown in Milan in 1973 and produced between 1975 and 1977, the 350S Ipotesi [“Hypothesis”] was styled by the famous Giorgetto Giugiaro father of the original Lotus Esprit, Maserati Ghibli, and countless other icons. The Ipotesi featured a strong, angular style that mirrored Giugiaro’s automotive designs.  Internally, the bike was largely unchanged from the earlier 350, an air-cooled parallel twin with overhead valves operative via pushrods and rocker arms.  Triple discs provided stopping power, a relative rarity among machines of this class.

Interestingly, the bike featured MV’s electronic ignition instead of points and was available with or without the fairing shown here:

1976 MV Agusta 350S Ipotesi Dash

1976 MV Agusta 350S Ipotesi for Sale

This bike was originally sold in Italy and has just over 10,000 original km (just under 6,300 miles). Gary Kohs (former owner of the MV Agusta Collection) purchased this bike on my behalf in Italy in early 2011. The bike comes equipped with the rare, factory fairing. The bike was repainted at some point in its history (tank and body work), but is otherwise completely original and unrestored cosmetically. When the bike arrived, all of the mechanicals were gone through by Stan Lipert of Northern Ohio Ducati (Stan appeared on episodes 10, 11 and 12 of Café Racer on Velocity Channel).

He also helpfully lists the work that has been done recently on the bike.

He’s asking $10,500 for the privilege of owning this very rare machine.  I’ve no idea what these normally go for, as I’ve never seen one before, but the bike looks to be in very good condition, and that seems a pretty small price to pay for such an exotic and interesting bike.

-tad

1976 MV Agusta 350S Ipotesi L Rear

 

1972 MV Agusta 350B

For Sale: 1972 MV Agusta 350B

MV Augusta stock is definitely on the rise. With the resurgence of MVA bikes available new (now priced closer to “normal” – with modern day performance to match), interest in older bikes has grown. Given MV Augusta’s great history on the racetrack, there have always been significant models which are highly sought after by collectors. Today, however, we are seeing the smaller bikes make a big push for pricing parity. Collectability is going up, as witnessed by this post from Brian on another ’72 MV Augusta 350, or this post on an even older 125.

MV Augusta began building bikes in 1954, but the name has been around manufacturing circles much longer than that; Count Giovanni Agusta first started an aviation concern in 1923. In post-war Italy there was a need for inexpensive, efficient transportation, and the MV Augusta motorcycle division was created for just that purpose. Initially marketing small two strokes for the masses, MV Augusta grew to dominate World GP racing with such names as Giacomo Agostini, Mike Hailwood John Surtees and Phil Read. At their peak, MV Agusta collected 17 consecutive 500cc GP titles.

From the seller:
This is a rare opportunity to own a 1972 MV Agusta 350B. The guy I purchased this bike from, purchased it from the original owner in Italy. It has less than 4,800 km on the clock. It is in original condition and is in great running order. Paint is original, except that the tank was repainted by the previous owner. I have cleaned and greased all bearings, replaced front fork seals, fork and engine oil are fresh. Brake linnings are like new. Everything works. Tachometer has a crack in the lens (see pic). This is an awsome bike to ride. This bike is ready to be ridden or placed into a collectors hands. Currently licensed and registered in Alabama.

If you have been lusting after one of these svelte red and silver racing machines, this might just be your chance. This particular bike has nice curb appeal (used but not abused, by the looks of the pictures), and is a decent enough size to ride without getting run over by traffic. The fairing looks great, and the spoked wheels and drum brakes really nail the authenticity of the era.

For more information, more pictures and your chance to bid on this beauty, click on the link and jump over to the auction. There is not much time left on this particular offering, so you might need to act quickly. There has been only light bidding thus far, with the current price sitting at just over $8,000 with reserve still in place. The BIN number is set way up at $15,000, so if the reserve comes off soon this could be a real buy.

Good luck, and make sure you tell ’em you saw it on RSBFS!

MI