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MV Agusta Motorcycles

MV Agusta models include:

175 CSS Squalo

Mini Bike

125 TRA -1960

125 TRE

Sella 150cc


98 Vespa 1945-1949

125 TEL 1948-

125 Monoalbero Corsa 1952-1956

CSTL Turismo Lusso OHC 1952-1959

C Super Lusso 1952-

Pullman 1953-1956

175 Monoalbero 1954-1957

Turismo Rapido 1955-1957

250 Raid 1956-1962

83 Ottantatre 1958-1962

150 cc Sport 2 Tempi 1958-2000

150 RS 1959-1965

125 TREL Centomila 1959-1963

Chicco 155cc Scooter 1960-1964

150 rs 1960-2000

Liberty 1960-2000

Sella 1964-1967

125 GTL 1966-1969

600 4cyl 1967-1971

250B 1967-1971

125 GTLS 1969-1971

350 Sport 1970-1972

750 GT 1971-1974

750 Sport Drum Brake 1971-1973

350 GT 1971-1975

350 Sport Elettronica 1972-1974

750 SS 1973

350 GT Elettronica 1973-1975

750 Sport Disc Brake 1974-1975

125 Sport 1975-1977

350 S Ipotesi 1975-1977

750S America 1975-1977

800 S Super America 1975-1977

350GT Ipotesi 1975-1976

800 SS Super America 1976-1977

850SS Monza Boxer 1977-1978

City Bike 1977-1977

1000S Corona (Hansen) 1978-1979

MV Agusta 750S

MV Agusta 1956 175cc CSS 5V

MV Agusta 1959 175cc CS Disco Volante

MV Agusta 1975 125 Sport

MV Agusta 1961 235cc Tevere MV Agusta developed a budget version of its highly successful OHC 175 CS series using a pushrod OHV engine in a model named the 175 AB which in 1959 was enlarged to 235cc and given the name Tevere. Production ceased in 1961.

Source: Bretti Bros.

MV Agusta 48 Liberty

The 'Liberty' was offered in two versions, the 'Turismo Lusso' and the 'Sport Speciale'. The 48cc motorcycle was built at MV's factory in Cascina Costa di Samarate from 1961 to 1969.

MV Agusta 1961 Liberty 50

MV Agusta Germano

The Germano moped was introduced in 1963 (or 1964 in some markets) remained available until 1969. It was fitted with a Zundapp engine.

This was the first time the company used external suppliers for a large number of components, including the German engines. This allowed MV to market the new lightweight as quickly and economically as possibly. The Sport model was one of the versions built on this platform and had a tubular steel duplex cradle frame and the proportions of a real bike. Other iterations included the Turismo, Gran Turismo, and America. The single cylinder 2-stroke engine generated 1.5hp, enough to coax the 50 kg bike to 40 km/h. Prices were also quite modest, ranging from 115.000 to 120.000 Lire depending on the configuration.


MV Agusta 350B Twin

First shown at the Milan Show in 1969 the 350B was produced from 1970 until 1974, when it was replaced by the Ipotesi. A Scrambler version was also made. 28hp at 8,400rpm. 149kg.

Source: Phil Aynesly

MV Agusta Elletronica Scrambler

Although better known for their extreme performance multi-cylinder machines, MV Agusta also built a range of very stylish single cylinder sports bikes throughout the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s that often crossed the line. The Street Scrambler was such a machine. At a time when dirt-bike racing was starting to gain traction with seriously focused design that really did create a new genre of racing (refer Lot 89 and 94), MV Agusta took the essence of the dirt bike’s purpose and apparently turned it into a fashion statement. Worse still, MV had no real intention of giving the international market a look in. The Street Scrambler was designed solely for the Italian urbanite who needed a ride to navigate the 200-year-old roads that Italian cities had to offer. In this sense, the MV Agusta Street Scrambler was 40 years ahead of its time. This is not to say, however, that it was a trailer queen. Far from it. The 350cc powerplant had racetrack pedigree and was certainly not for the fainthearted as it delivered the pilot a high-revving 155kph machine. The striking colour scheme and overall styling were things that only the Italians could have justified at the time. However, in hindsight, one must acknowledge them for their pure inventiveness and individualism, the MV Street Scrambler reeks of personality and intense authorship. These characteristics can be sadly missing in today's corporate bike scene.

Source: Webbs Auction House NZ

MV Agusta 500cc Triple

According to legend the first example of the 500cc MV Agusta 3 cylinder was created in the paddock during practise for the 1966 Dutch TT at Assen when a set of cylinders from the 350cc 3 cylinder were bored out to 55mm resulting in a capacity of 377cc. Agostini went on to secure second place at the event, riding the faithful four cylinder 500cc and secured a win at the following months Belgian Gran Prix at Spa with the four; however by the time of the East German Grand Prix on the 17th July Ago was mounted on a 497.9cc three cylinder machine, which he subsequently used for the rest of the season. The East German event did not result in a top three placing, although Ago did secure the fastest lap setting a speed of 107.77 mph. This was followed by a second place finish behind his arch rival Mike Hailwood on the Honda at Czechoslovak Grand Prix, a win at the Finnish Grand Prix, second place finishes at the Ulster Grand Prix and on the Island and a win in Italy giving a points tally of 36, sufficient to win the Championship ahead of Hailwood and the Honda.

The new machine had clearly proved its worth, combining the manoeuvrability of the 350 three with which it shared a chassis with a power output that was on a par with the four cylinder it replaced.

1967 saw Agostini retaining the 500 title despite fierce competition from Mike Hailwood and the Honda, with Ago winning the West German, Belgian, East German, Finnish and Italian Grand Prix's to tie the Championship with Hailwood on 46 points; however, his higher number of wins, 5 versus 4, and second place finishes at the Dutch, Czech and Canadian Grand Prix's resulted in the title staying with the MV rider.

Source: H&H Classic Auctions

MV Agusta 750GT 1971-1973

It is believed that only 50 of the 750GT models were built, the first in 1971. With 68hp @ 8450rpm pushing a hefty 240kg it had a top speed to 190kph. Price was roughly 3 times that of a Honda CB750.

Source: Phil Aynesly

1999 750 F4 Serie Oro The first of the new range of MV Agusta models was the F4 Serie Oro (Gold Series), released in 1999 as a limited edition of 300. All the gold anodised parts were made from magnesium while the bodywork was carbon fibre, resulting in a dry weight of 180kg. 126hp at 12,200rpm.

Source: Phil Aynsley

2000 750 F4 Strada After the introduction of the F4 with the Serie Oro in 1999 (300 built) the F4 750 Strada followed. It was basically the same but used aluminium rather than magnesium for such parts as the swingarm, wheels & frame plates. 126hp at 13,300rpm. Top speed 273kph.

Source: Phil Aynsley

2004 MV Augusta Brutale 750

Capable of 155mph (electronically limited!), the Brutale 750 is, quite frankly, as the name suggests – brutal. However, it is also a bike with a wide range of composite curves and shapes which make the Brutale a complex machine to measure. The immense rigidity of the cage frame, massive swing-arm and monstrous front end are not there just for the brutal looks. The thing is immensely quick to change direction, it has a reputation for having lethally precise steering and wicked overall performance. With 127bhp on call, this machine recalibrated the meaning of "street bike". Naked, it is an extreme super bike that successfully walks the line between classic and avant-garde. With the Brutale, MV Agusta seemed to have bridged controversial yet complementary extremes – it is a high-design piece that demands true combative awareness from the word go.

Text (with minor edits) courtesy Webbs Auction House NZ

2007 1000 F4 R312

Introduced in 2007 the R312 differed from the standard F4R in having a slightly modified engine producing an additional 8hp for a total of 183hp @ 12,400rpm. Also upgraded wheels, forks, discs & calipers and engine management system. The 312 is a reference to the bike's top speed. It set the World Speed Record for production motorcycles at Bonneville in 2007 with an average of 311.53kph.

Source: Phil Aynsley

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