Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Ex-works MV Agusta 500cc Four coming up for auction!

In the 1960s and the 1970s, these four-cylinder, 500cc MV Agusta racers were unbeatable. Today, you can buy one for US$400,000...

Between 1958 and 1974, MV Agusta won seventeen motorcycle grand prix road racing world championships in the 500cc class. They also won nine world championships in the 350cc, two in the 250cc and five in the 125cc classes. Those old MV Agusta racing bikes are some of the most significant and the most desirable machines ever to come out of Italy. Today, most surviving examples are either in private collections or in museums. And no matter how much money you may have, it would probably be extremely difficult for you to buy one, since these bikes rarely – if ever – come up for sale.

Which is why if you’re a super-rich collector of vintage and classic racebikes, this should interest you. At the International Classic MotorCycle Show, in Stafford, in the UK, on the 29th of April 2007, Bonhams would be auctioning an ex-works MV Agusta 500. This bike is an example of the famous four-cylinder 'fire engines' which notched up 139 victories and 17 world championships in 500cc GP racing, for MV Agusta. Yeah, it’s a prime slice of motorcycle racing history that’s up for sale!

The bike was originally raced by John Surtees himself and the present owner, who acquired the bike in 1996, has maintained in perfect condition. The bike has regularly been taken out for events like the Isle of Man TT Parade, Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival Meetings, and the Ulster Grand Prix. If you buy it, you can actually ride it home – just be prepared to pay something in the region of US$400,000.

15-time world champion, Giacomo Agostini won both the 350cc and the 500cc world championships between 1968 and 1972, riding MV Agusta machines

Also see:
MV Agusta updates for 2007
MV Agusta F41000 sets Bonneville land speed record
Special Edition MV Agusta Brutale 910R Italia

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