The MV (Meccanica Verghera) Grand Prix story has to be just about the greatest in history, winning everything that was worth winning on the World’s stage from the late 1940s to the late 1960s and beyond. In 1945 Count Domenico Agusta was forced to seek an alternative use of his family’s aero engine factory, forbidden to manufacture aircraft engines following Italy’s defeat in WW2. The Count turned to motorcycle production, and it was the birth of a legend; MV went on to win no fewer than 37 World Championships between 1952 and 1974.
From 1965 MV developed a long line of highly successful multi-cylinder racers. Increasing public demand for power and the Gallarate manufacturer obliged. In 1968 the 750cc ‘S’ was released. With very limited production of the hand-made exotic, the 750S was way beyond the financial reach of the average enthusiast. Marque specialist Mick Walker rode a nice example for his book MV Agusta Fours: ‘The experience was unique; the rider was transported to a different level and made to feel really special. There was certainly a pronounced “feel-good factor”.’
In 1974 MV was persuaded by the US importer to create the 750 America. Designed by new-hire, ex-Ducati designer Fredmano Spairani, they were convinced that there was an untapped market for an expensive luxury motorcycle in the US. Released in 1976, the 750S America was bored to 789cc, with a claimed 75bhp, an output sufficient to propel the Italian sportster to 100mph in around 13 seconds and on to a top speed of 135mph. Although factory records are far from conclusive, the dramatic 750S America did not sell in great numbers, and it is believed only 540 left the factory before production ceased in 1979.
The 750S America offered here was restored by its current owner some years ago, before placing it on static display. Recently re-commissioned and serviced by LA’s Glory Motorworks, the bike runs exceptionally well. It starts easily, idles smoothly and has strong power when you give the throttle a healthy twist. Brakes and suspension all work perfectly, as do all electrical systems.
Bike magazine described the 750S as, “one of the most dramatic-looking bikes made, the real stuff of legend,” and when looking at this fine 1976 MV Agusta 750S America, it’s hard to disagree.