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I'm the one that you want

Let’s be honest – if you want a classic MV Agusta road bike, you want one of the big fours such as this 750S. It was delivered new to the Gus Kuhn dealership in 1973 and first registered in 1974. The MV was purchased by the current owner in December 1997 at which time the odometer total stood at only some 2,000 miles. The machine was offered from the estate of the late John Foulston, gentleman racing driver and owner of the Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Snetterton and Cadwell Park circuits. But it seems that Foulston never registered the MV in his name, as one Piero Fenocchi is listed on the V5C as the sole previous owner from 29th August 1974.

An enthusiastic member of the MV Owners Club of GB, the structural-engineer owner MoT'd the machine in May 1998 (at 2,022 miles) and has since covered a further 9,900-or-so miles over the years. The machine was last ridden on 26th April 2019, to the Bellingham MoT test centre. On the return from the MoT test, the owner hit a slippery patch and while miraculously keeping control of the Italian heavyweight, the tank brushed against a wall while coming to a stop, hence the dent on the tank's right-hand side. Yet with the paintwork believed to be original and un-restored, it was decided to leave the dent for the next owner to decide on the best course of treatment. The bike really is unspoilt otherwise: the believed original tool kit is still beneath saddle, and the machine also has a substantial history file containing correspondence, invoices, expired MoTs and tax discs, old registration documents and more. My view – as someone with a postgrad in building conservation – is that a second fuel tank be found and matched to the existing paintwork, and the original kept as is. But if you buy the bike it would be up to you.

Because this very motorcycle - XYO 11N - sold at Bonhams Summer Sale – lot 647 - on Sunday 4 July for £81,650 including buyer’s premium. Yes a lot of money, but as a genuine unmolested UK model of one of the most prized classic motorcycles on earth, it’s only to be expected


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