Lot 139 - 1998 13005 Agusta Magni by MV Meccanica Verghera Ltd.
|Odometer reading||1 miles|
|Estimate||£60,000 - £70,000|
The story begins with David and Mark Kay. Along with many other
owners of Italian racing machinery, they found replacement parts
increasingly difficult to source. As a result, they began to
manufacture high quality parts of their own for their 750cc race
bike and 900cc sidecar. As accomplished engineers, they began to
earn a reputation within the world of racing for the high standard
of their work. On a visit to the MV Agusta Race Shop in Gallarate
near Milan the Kays' MV motorcycle, which had been built from
parts, was stolen. Mr. Magni, Mr. Ubbiali and Mr. Laudi, the spares
supremo's there, were devastated. Mr. Magni promised to replace the
bike which, true to his word, he later did. Mr. Laudi also gave the
Kays a complete set of 1972 500GP four-cylinder engine un-machined
The Kays then made a decision to build their own engine. They manufactured and machined castings to enable them to build 500cc to 862cc engines and then went on to construct the world's first road-going MV500cc four-cylinder motorcycle.
Upon the death of Mr.Laudi, the spares department closed and MV Agusta went into liquidation and during these years, the Kays built and sold 1957-style Gilera four-cylinder Grand Prix race bikes.
Their first attempt at racing on the Isle of Man TT race with a GP solo machine was with the Gilera 500cc Bike (with a No.24 plate), it finished 7th straight out of the crate and achieving a lap, in practice, of 101mph and the fastest race lap of 99.9mph. They also built an MV Grand Prix three-cylinder 500 race bike which was the exact replica of the original MV Augusta's from the period 1964 to 1971. It took the fastest lap for an Air Cooled Four Cylinder GP Bike, beating Hailwood (Honda) Agostini (MV Agusta) with a lap of the TT Course of 109.089 mph, the previous best being 108.30mph. In Giacomo Agostini's book, '15 Times', he was asked how many lorries and mechanics left Cascina Costa for the Isle of Man in 1967. His reply was, "I always had five mechanics at the TT, two complete 350 and 500 motorcycles, plus three spare engines for the 350 and three for the 500. There's a truck with the tents, one to set up the hospitality facility, one for the electronics, one for the tyres and I had four wheels because I had more money than anyone else. "
When the Kays took the fastest lap, they had one bike, one engine and one set of tyres.
Not one but two clients allowed the Kays to make detailed drawings of their 1970 and 1974 500cc Grand Prix race bikes which enabled them to begin manufacturing their own race bike from the original works castings, kindly donated by Mr. Laudi in 1983.
The Kays now produce the following bespoke motorcycles for discerning clients and with over 35 years of experience with the Agusta marque, they are also able to service, repair and renovate as required.
This astonishing example has been designed and hand-built by MV Meccanica Verghera Ltd in conjunction with the vendor. Totally bespoke, it benefits from a number of magnesium parts including the crankcase, clutch-cover and cam covers. The barrels are formed of a one-piece block with cast iron liners, Arias pistons and rings. The crankshaft is by Lahoma with Carrillo rods and a special one-off chain drive by MV Meccanica Verghera Ltd. The gearbox is a five- speed constant mesh unit with a Vertex magneto set to 46° advance. The carburettors are also 30mm magnesium Delorto items with an aluminium tank, seat and fairing. The front brakes are 250mm Fontana's with the rear, a special one-off, again by MV Meccanica Verghera Ltd. This hugely collectable example was completed in February, 1998 and remains unused and in immaculate condition. Stored, as it is, in a humidity controlled environment, it represents a one-off opportunity to jump the queue and acquire one of the very finest examples of Anglo/Italian engineering.
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