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750 GT - 1972
That certain sound
The marketers of the different versions of the MV Agusta 750 four-cylinder never claimed the most efficient or highest performing machines on the market. But from the outset they basked in the extraordinary aura of a marque that took 37 World Championships between 1952 and 1974, as well as 38 titles taken by individual riders.
It would be unfair to judge these MVs by the same standards as normal bikes. Like certain prestige automobiles, the MV Four is above all a fine piece of machinery. It is a limited edition work of art; it does not gain its value from its inherent performance, but from the way it captures the spirit of an age. Its character, its bewitching sound Â– even its faults Â– confer its unique attraction.
Break with Tradition
MV built its first four Â– a touring 600 Â– in 1965, but without much success. It was replaced in 1969 by the 750 Sport, but in 1971 Count Agusta returned to his original concept of conquering the American market. This superb GT's equipment Â– especially its white and bronze color scheme Â– was a deliberate break from the traditional sports bike. It was the most successful of all the MV Fours, with sporty performance and character. MV Agusta suspended production in 1977, but owners of the Cagiva group, bought the marque name with the aim of resuming production by selling replicas of the firm's most famous racing machines to an appreciative public.
Engine: 743cc (65x56mm) air-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke
Power Rating: 69 hp @ 7900 rpm
Valves: twin overhead-camshafts; 8 valves
Fuel System: four 24mm carburetors
Transmission: 5-speed, shaft finaJ drive
Suspension: telescopic forks (front); swing-arm with twin spring/dampers (rear)
Brakes: twin-leading-shoe 9 inch drum (front); drum (rear)
Wheels: 3.50x18 inch (front); 4.00x18 inch (rear)
Weight: 507 lb
Maximum Speed: 124 mph
MV Agusta built less than 50 examples of the 750 GT; the last few were fitted with front disc brakes.