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1974 MV Agusta 750S - View All





Vehicle Summary

  • One of only 583 built.
  • With the present owner since 1977.
  • Restored to a concours standard by Giovanni Magni, son of Arturo Magni, who was Racing Director for MV Agusta throughout the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.
  • Invoices for the restoration from 2020 and 2021 totalling over €14,000.

Vehicle History

Overall condition: Excellent
Number of owners: 3
History: Documented full history of ownership

  • One of only 583 built
  • With the present owner since 1977
  • Restored to a concours standard by Giovanni Magni, son of Arturo Magni, who was Racing Director for MV Agusta throughout the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s
  • Invoices for the restoration from 2020 and 2021 totalling over €14,000

Agusta was originally an Italian helicopter manufacturer, founded by Count Giovanni Agusta in 1923. The MV Agusta motorcycle manufacturer began as an offshoot of the Agusta aviation company at the end of the Second World War, as a means to save the jobs of employees of the Agusta firm and became synonymous with the manufacture of high end and tantalisingly beautiful racing motorcycles – thanks to Count Domenico Agusta’s passion for competition on two wheels.

In the years that followed, the Agusta family business would produce some beautifully engineered machines for both road and circuit and in the 1950s, they had their first taste of success with British rider Leslie Graham taking victory in the 500cc Grand Prix at Monza, followed by a young Mike Hailwood securing his first win on a 196cc ‘Squalo’ and the Agusta name regularly took its place on the podium in the years that followed, including an amazing 37 Constructors’ Championship titles!

Moto GP Constructors’ Champions

  • 125 cc Class, from 1952 to 1960 – seven times
  • 250 cc Class, from 1955 to 1960 – five times
  • 350 cc Class, from 1955 to 1960 – nine times
  • 500 cc Class, from 1956, then from 1958 until 1973 (every year, except for 1966) – 16 times

This particular MV Agusta 750S, was built on 6 July 1974 by the Agusta Factory in Cascina Costa, Italy. Registered later the same month, it was bought by the current owner in April 1977 and still displays the original Italian number plate and retains its registration document book.

One of only 583 examples built, this 750S was maintained by the Agusta factory throughout the 1970s and in the 1980s, the frame was sand-blasted, nickel-plated and an original MV Agusta fairing found.

A replacement MV Agusta decal for the fairing could not be sourced and so, in the 1980s, a friend of the vendor who works as a designer in the silk industry took a small MV Agusta logo, projected it onto a wall and drew the scaled-up version on rice paper. He then used this to paint the logo on the fairing, over a bronze foil inlay for the gear, before clear-coating the design.

The motorcycle was restored to concours condition in 2020/2021 – a process that was carried out by Giovanni Magni, son of Arturo Magni who held the position of Racing Director for MV Agusta through the 1950s, ’60s and 1970s. Invoices for the restoration, which included returning the 750S to its original colours as specified by factory documents, total over €14,000, with Magni going to great lengths to ensure that all work was undertaken to the highest possible standard.

As a result, the MV Agusta 750s is quite possibly finished to a standard higher than when it left the Italian factory and one look around the motorcycle confirms it as a concours condition example of this highly sought after collectors’ item.


With the seat having been retrimmed to the original design and colour specification and to match the red frame and tank paintwork, this MV Agusta is truly eye-catching and, with the brightwork consisting of either new or re-plated components, the impression is of an almost brand new motorcycle – only a handful of original items such as the finned rear differential displaying a very light and appealing patina which is entirely in keeping with a ’bike of this age.

With the fairing painted in its original factory colours, the restoration process included painstakingly masking the hand-painted MV Agusta logo, whilst the tank displays a decal confirming the manufacturer’s championship wins.

Watch a video of the 1974 MV Agusta 750S


The extensive restoration included a full mechanical rebuild of the beautiful inline-four engine – a process that saw new bearings and piston rings fitted, whilst the carburettor was also rebuilt and a new clutch lining installed. As a result, the 72bhp unit is capable of 120mph and, although the MV Agusta hasn’t been ridden on the road since its recent restoration, it is ready to be used and enjoyed and is fitted with new Metzeler tyres and a new Bosch OEM-type battery that just needs to be filled with acid and charged.

As a bonus for the new owner, there is also a custom-built international shipping crate present that was made for Giovanni Magni and for this particular MV, as well as a large collection of spare parts that were amassed in the 1980s and will accompany the motorcycle.

Why bid?

The MV Agusta 750S is one of the rarest and most desirable sports ’bikes of its day and, with its gear-driven, double overhead cam engine and shaft drive setup, is a road ’bike with a clear racing heritage.

Its concours condition is sure to result in the need to clear space in the trophy cabinet and with a history file that confirms its past and present ownership, Italian registration, factory colour scheme and all details of its recent restoration, this is a very rare opportunity to own a stunning piece of motorcycling heritage.

Count Domenico Agusta died in 1971 leaving Agusta to his brother Corrado Agusta. With the death of the head of the company, Agusta again found itself facing a period of crisis due to investments for the A109 helicopter which, in 1973, led the Agusta family to sell 51% of the company’s shares to Ente Equity Investments and Manufacturing Industry Financing (EFIM). At the same time, EFIM initiated the disposal of the motorcycle sector and, as a consequence, the company’s last Grand Prix victory was in 1976, followed in 1980 by the cessation of motorcycle production. Count Corrado Agusta remained president until 1982, with the complete transfer of the shares to EFIM.

After the Death of Count Corrado Agusta on 13 June 1988, the MV Agusta brand was left without Agusta parentage, was sold to new owners and was never to call Cascina Costa home again – the brand being repeatedly bought and sold from one owner to another. In March 2016, the Court of Varese approved the ‘Concordato di Continuità’ protection act, arrangement with creditors etc.

NOTE: The Vendor is selling the 1974 MV Agusta 750S as is, where as, with no warranty or guarantee stated or implied.

CONSIGNMENT: As per INCOTERMS 2020 ExWorks, the buyer will be responsible for the transport and transfer of the motorcycle from the facilities of Giovanni Magni, Via Leonardo da Vinci 331, Samarate, VA, Italy, as well as all associated costs and any taxes and duties due.

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