Lot 357 - 1999 MV Agusta 750 F4 Serie Oro
|Estimate||£21,000 - £25,000|
|Result||Sold - £26,880|
Introduced in 1998, the MV Agusta F4 was the motorcycle that resurrected the legendary name of MV Agusta. It was designed by Massimo Tamburini at the MV Agusta's famed Cagiva Research Centre in San Marino; Tamburini having been previously responsible for the design of the Ducati 916. The engine of the new MV, a liquid cooled in line four cylinder with double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, electronic multipoint fuel injection and induction discharge electronic ignition was designed to be made three different capacities; 749.5cc, 998cc and 1,078cc. It was influenced by the 1990-1992 Ferrari Formula One engine and is one of few production superbikes to feature a four-valves-per-cylinder engine with hemispherical combustion chambers. It is also unique in that it is the only motorcycle engine currently in production to feature radial valves, a feature taken from the Ferrari Formula One engine. Power output of the initial model, the750, was 126bhp at 12,500rpm, enabling it to reach a top speed of 170mph with 0-60 achievable in 3.1 seconds and a standing quarter mile in less than eleven seconds.
The first F4 model released to the public was the F4 750 Serie Oro on May 1999, of which only 300 examples were produced and just twenty one of those imported into the UK. With the bodywork resplendent in the traditional MV Agusta livery of red and silver, many parts such as the swinging arm, frame side plates and wheels were made of magnesium and anodised gold - hence the name 'Oro' (Italian for gold). The fuel tank, fairing, seat cover, front mud guard and air box were made of carbon fibre which enabled the weight to be kept under 400 lb - an extraordinarily light weight for a road going superbike. The Showa front forks were specially made for MV Agusta and feature quickly detachable axle clamps while the rear suspension was manufactured by Sachs. Six piston (front) and four piston (rear) brake calipers were provided by Nissin. Contemporary road tests enthused over the F4's incredible handling, and were confident that the new MV would be a success, securing the future of the MV Agusta name.
The F4 750 Serie Oro was considered to be one of the best sports bikes in the world at the time of its release and the bike offered here today is number 167 of the 300 produced. The vendor, a connoisseur of sporting motorcycles and competitor on the gruelling Paris-Dakar Rally, is the original owner, having been fortunate enough to be selected from the waiting list for the launch of the eagerly awaited new MV Agusta. The bike is in as-new condition, having covered a mere 1,200km from new and used for long trips only. For the past few years the MV has taken pride of place in the vendor's sitting room; perhaps the ideal storage conditions. UK registered from new, the MV comes with a V5C registration certificate and we are informed by the vendor that a full service will be carried out before the auction, coupled with a MoT test certificate.
This is an exceptionally rare motorcycle and, as the first example of the revived MV Agusta, is sure to become very desirable and a true collector's item. It can, surely, only increase in value.
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