Many motorcyclists in the 1970s lusted after the cafe racer-styled 1975 MV Agusta 750S America. Now is your chance to own one in excellent condition.
Bonhams Auction House is offering a number of motorcycles for sale at its Jan. 25 auction at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, including the 1975 MV Agusta 750S America with a prestigious autograph on the gas tank.
The MV Agusta 750S America has had only two owners, and the gas tank was signed by John Surtees, a British world grand prix motorcycle road racer.
Why was the 1975 MV Agusta 750S America so desirable?
First, Italian style and performance wasn’t cheap, especially from the MV Agusta factory. But you got power, styling and a link to the grand prix racing world.
MV Agusta’s name was synonymous with grand prix racing. From 1952 through 1973, the Cascina Costa-based manufacturer won 37 world road-racing championships, including 16 500cc titles in 18 years. This was a company that made helicopters for profit and gorgeous red racing bikes for fun. So when MV turned out street bikes, and it never made many, you could count on that grand prix experience going into each one.
Superbikes were beginning to make their mark in the United States at the time. In general terms, there wasn’t much to separate the 750S from the other emerging superbikes of the day. The engine was a 790cc inline four with dual overhead cams. There were twin disc brakes in front and a tachometer that redlined at 8,500 rpm.
On paper, at least, it was a Honda CB750 with 54 extra cc, shaft drive and sexy Italian duds.
The differences start with the engine’s sand-cast cases that telegraph its limited production run. Fire up the MV with its four-into-four race exhausts, and there’s no mistaking the bike’s lineage.
The styling is pure Italian, as you can see in these photos provided by Bonhams. From the Tommaselli clip-ons to the graceful curve of the tank to the wrinkle-finish black mufflers, the MV exudes a character few bikes can match.
Just as breathtaking as the motorcycle, though, was the price. At a time when Honda’s CB750 went for $2,190, the MV cost three times as much: $6,500 retail.
If you wanted it, it was worth it.
Cafe racers not your style? There are a number of other bikes in the auction including a 1950 Vincent Black Shadow Series C, a 1926 Brough Superior SS80 and a 1938 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead.
For more information on the auction and how to bid, go to bonhams.com/vegas.