• Year of manufacture 
    1972
  • Motorcycle type 
    Street
  • Lot number 
    102
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Colour  
    Other
  • Location
    Germany

Description

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' The Tegernsee Auction event, 27 July 2024.

  • MV Agusta’s groundbreaking 1970s superbike; one of the highest performing and most desirable road-going machines of its era
  • Powered by a 743-cc inline-four DOHC engine rated by the factory at 72 brake horsepower; capable of reaching speeds up to 200 km/h
  • Delivered new through Generalimporteur Schneider & Hansen, the Baden-Baden-based German importer for MV Agusta, in February 1972
  • Retained by the same German family from new
  • Thought to be one of 583 bikes hand-built between 1970 and 1975

MV Agusta needs no introduction in the context of motorcycle racing. The Italian manufacturer was prolific in its golden era, notably clinching MotoGP World Championship titles in all four classes (125, 250, 350, and 500-cc) for three consecutive years between 1958 and 1960. The team’s dominance continued until it withdrew from Grand Prix racing in 1976, with famous riders such as John Surtees, Gary Hocking, Mike Hailwood, and Giacomo Agostini among the best to pull on the leathers for MV Agusta.

The manufacturer resisted calls to make a street version of its race bikes until the MV Agusta 600 was revealed as a cruiser-style machine in 1965, becoming the world’s first production bike to deploy a four-cylinder transverse engine. As sales of the 600 faltered, company bosses fine-tuned the formula of the flagship model and unveiled the 750S, a sports-focussed superbike. The 750S earned a reputation as one of the most celebrated superbikes of the 1970s—with its 743-cc inline-four producing 72 brake horsepower to claim speeds touching 200 km/h—seeing off competition from burgeoning Japanese brands despite being priced around three times higher than import alternatives.

The example offered here was delivered new through Generalimporteur Schneider & Hansen, the Baden-Based importer for MV Agusta in Germany, in February 1972. Remarkably, the bike has had just one German owner from new, an entrepreneur in charge of an automotive engineering company who maintained and serviced the motorcycle. The MV Agusta was consigned by its long-term owner’s daughter and is now offered from single family ownership for the first time. The 750S is offered with a spare racing fuel tank and seat in addition to the parts fitted. It would make an excellent addition to any collection of rare Italian cars or motorcycles.
To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/auctions/tc24/.


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First name 
Augustin
Last name 
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