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Lot 497: MV Agusta 350 Sport

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

MV's first production 350 roadster was introduced at the Milan Show in 1971. Of unitary construction, its engine was a compact, twin-cylinder, overhead-valve unit featuring twin Dell'Orto carburettors, geared primary drive and a five-speed gearbox. Two versions were made: the 350GT tourer and 350B sports. They were replaced by restyled, 'square case' equivalents for 1975. The basic engine architecture remained unchanged but power went up to a claimed 34bhp at 8,500 revs with a commensurate increase in performance. The 350 Sport 'Ipotesi' offered here has been built by a professional motorcycle mechanic as a replica of Phil Read's works MV 500cc Grand Prix racer as campaigned during his World Championship-winning years of 1973 and 1974. The fairing has been signed by Phil and Umberto Masetti, another of MV's Grand Prix riders, and also carries the legend 'Competizione di Manfredo Moto', a reference to the engine builder. Specification highlights include an original MV works fairing; original 750S America fuel tank; Ceriani 35mm front fork; Marzocchi shock absorbers; Ducati wheels; Scarab disc brakes; a special 2-into-4 megaphone exhaust system; handmade Nubuck-covered seat; Tomaselli clip-on handlebars; and an original Veglia tachometer. The tuned engine incorporates large valves and a balanced crankshaft, and is said to produce 35bhp at 8,500rpm. Weighing around 138kg (304lb), this reputedly is the fastest Ipotesi in the German MV Club and would make an ideal mount for parades and classic track days.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number497
Estimate€5500-€6500
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Year1977
Condition rating0
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