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”.’
US Importer, Chris Garville and MV retailer, racer, and tuner Jim Cotherman traveled to Italy in 1974 to lobby the company to build a limited-edition luxury sportbike for the US market with more power, angular styling that borrowed from MV’s contemporary race bikes, and features that met US-market requirements such as a left-side shifter, turn signals, and air filters. Their plan was successful and the firm set about a redesign of the famed 750S.
Designed in only two months 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.
This impeccably restored 1975 MV Agusta 750S America, frame no. 009, is one of 200 produced during the model’s first year of production and numerically was the 1st to be delivered outside of the MV Agusta family, with frame numbers 001-008 reportedly going to company VIPs in Europe, marque racing legend Giacomo Agostini among them. This example, frame #009, was delivered new to MV Agusta’s sole US importer, Commerce Overseas Corporation of Elmsford, New York, where it served as a test loaner for motorcycle magazines including Cycle, Big Bike, Motor Cycle World, and was later displayed at various exhibitions and trade shows. The bike remained in the care of the COC and company owner Chris Garville until 1984, when ownership was transferred to his brother in California.
The bike changed hands again in 1990 and in 1994, was shown at the Battle Of The Legends event in Daytona, Florida where the tank was signed by the late F1 and Grand Prix racer John Surtees, who rode MV Agustas to World Championships in 1956, 1958, 1959, and 1960. A photo showing Surtees signing the tank can be viewed in the gallery. In later years, the bike was the subject of a two-year refurbishment by famed restorer and MV Agusta dealer, Perry Bushong of Texas, completed in November 2016.
The bike was acquired by the seller in March 2022, at which time maintenance work included lubricating the clutch and brake cables, bleeding the brake lines, and changing the oil. This 750S America is now offered with owner’s and workshop manuals, parts lists, special tools, shipping and ownership records, marketing brochures, copies of publications in which the bike appeared, refurbishment records, removed and spare parts, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.
With only 5,200 miles on the odometer, this rarity of classic Italian exotica is being offered to its next discerning custodian.
Frame no. MV750*221009
Engine no. MV750*221012
Location: San Diego, California
Current bid: $8,500.00
Current bid: $1,000.00