- 1973 MV Agusta 750 S
- 1 of 5 UK bikes officially imported
- Two owners, first owner for 44 years
- Just over 5,000 miles from new
- Original handbook, bill of sale and tax disc
To truly appreciate the significance of the 750 S one needs to truly appreciate MV Agusta themselves and where they were in their history when this bike was produced.
Since 1949, competitors in Grand Prix motorcycle racing have competed in various classes, namely 125cc, 250cc, 350cc and 500cc. MV Agusta won all four classes in 1958, 1959 and 1960. Even more impressive is the fact that they won the 500cc class (the equivalent of MotoGP today) every year from 1958-1974, with legendary riders like John Surtees, Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini and Phil Read. They won the Constructor’s Championship 38 times and despite retiring from racing in 1976 are still in third place for the most Constructor’s Championships of any manufacturer. If that still doesn’t impress you, well they have won the Isle of Man TT, 34 times!
Naturally such a successful brand needed proper representation on the road. Until the 1960’s MV Agusta, along with most manufacturers at the time, had been focusing on small capacity bikes but the mid-60’s saw the demand for larger capacity machines grow. Thus was born the world’s first transversely mounted four-cylinder motorcycle, the MV Agusta 600. Designed as more of a tourer, the 600 missed the mark and the feedback was that a more sporting example would do better. Thus the 750 S was born.
Launched in 1970, the MV Agusta 750 S was hand built, rare and priced accordingly. Just 583 examples were ever built and along with the Ducati 750 SS, is recognised today as probably the most iconic and sought after motorcycle of the Post War period.
The MV Agusta 750 S for sale at The Classic Motor Hub is one the original 583 built and one of just five officially imported into the United Kingdom by the official Ducati importer, Gus Kuhn. Registered to Roman’s of Woking in May 1973, the original bill of sale from Gus Kuhn on file shows that it was bought at trade price, which was £1,700 at the time (retail was £2,000). To put that into context, a brand new MGB was £1,400 and a Ford Cortina £950, so this was a very expensive motorcycle indeed.
In January 1974, the MV was bought by Graham Cook, the founder of the very well-respected car dealership, Bramley. Anyone familiar with Bramley will be well aware of their reputation for quality thanks to Mr. Cook’s obsession with attention to detail and presentation. Kept very much as a collector’s item and ridden sparingly, by 2000 the MV Agusta had only covered 2,932 miles when it was taken to world renowned MV specialist Dave Kay in June 2000 for a thorough renovation which included the following:
- Strip motorcycle chassis to bare parts
- Completely strip engine, replace all ‘O’ Rings and gaskets, clean all engine cases
- Strip, clean and set up carburettor float chambers and linkages
- Replace spark plugs, oil filter and oil
- Respoke wheels, fit new tyres and tubes, reline front and rear brakes, polish wheel rims and hub centres
- Replace clutch cable and handle bar grips
- Drain forks, replace seals, new oil and replace rear dampers
- Re-chrome front pipes, silencers, pedals and linkages
There was even an extra charge to clean off “20 years of dust and WD40 from every part of motorcycle”.
After the restoration, the MV was used a little more and from 2010 was looked after by Classic Super Bikes of Fleet, Hants. In 2015, after another period of extensive storage, the MV Agusta was thoroughly inspected and gone through to return it to perfect working order before then preparing it for long term storage again.
IN 2018, the difficult decision was made to sell the MV after having owned it, effectively from new. The current owner, a well-respected collector of both cars and motorcycles, had known Mr. Cook for many years and when the opportunity to acquire this amazing time warp machine came up, he leapt at it.
Today, the MV Agusta 750 S has covered a little over 5,000 miles and is presented exactly as it would have left the showroom when new. Accompanying the bike are two copies of original handbooks, one signed by Phil Read. Under the seat, one can find the original 1974 tax disc still in its holder.
Not only is the MV Agusta 750 S one of the most desirable motorcycles ever produced but this particular example is a rare UK delivered bike, with super low mileage and one owner for nearly 45 years. To say opportunities like this don’t come up often would be an understatement, opportunities like this never come up.
This exquisite MV Agusta 750 S is available for immediate inspection at The Classic Motor Hub. To arrange a viewing or for further information, please contact a member of the sales team.