Lot 339

Dare to Dream Collection

1976 MV Agusta 750S America


$60,000 - $80,000 USD  | Offered Without Reserve

Canada | Toronto, Ontario



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To be offered on Saturday, 1 June 2024
  • An outstanding limited-production sport bike; the 4th of example produced during the company’s final season of works racing, and a testament to MV Augusta’s championship-winning legacy
  • Desirably equipped with full front fairing, chrome exhaust, and wire wheels; retains its numbers-matching engine
  • Accompanied by its original 1976 certificate of origin; indicates fewer than 10,000 miles at cataloguing time
Please note, this lot is registered in Canada and import duty will be applicable to all countries outside of Canada, including the United States. RM Sotheby’s will assist buyers with importation and for residents of the USA, in obtaining a US title.

Originally a manufacturer of airplanes and helicopters, in 1945 Count Domenico Agusta spun-off part of his family’s eponymous company into the now-legendary motorcycle concern, MV Agusta.

Within eight months of beginning production, MV Agusta bikes were contesting top-flight races across war-torn Europe. Shortly thereafter, the marque went racing in earnest with its own factory-supported team, and under this banner MV Agusta’s dual overhead-cam singles, triples, and four-cylinder models dominated international racing from the 1950s through to the 1970s. By the time that they closed their works racing program in 1976, MV Agusta had accrued a record 37 championships in just 30 years. Statistically, these incredible sport models reman among the most successful machines to ever go racing, and MV Agusta’s model lineup always contained generous references—both stylistically and mechanically—to the racing machines upon which they earned their world-beating pedigree.

The final model in MV Agusta’s long line of limited-production sport bikes is the 750S America, and its creation was strictly due to lobbying by two of the company’s most important US-based agents, Chris Garville and Jim Cotherman during fall 1974. By early 1975, a crack team at MV had evolved the existing 750 Sport, or 750S, into the 750S America, a limited-edition luxury sport bike tailored for the American market with more power, a larger 790-cubic-centimeter engine, angular styling that borrowed from MV Agusta’s contemporary race bikes, as well as distinct features that met US-market requirements, such as a left-side shifter, turn signals, and air filters.

At more than $6,000, the model was nearly three times more expensive than its nearest Japanese competitors. For such a princely sum buyers received an exclusive, hand-built, technologically advanced sport bike which was lightweight, powerful, maneuverable, and sounded like nothing else on the road thanks to its quad-megaphone exhaust.

Acquired by the Dare to Dream Collection in May 2014, this 1976 750S America was originally delivered new to Cotherman’s C&D Garage of Freeport, Illinois via Garville’s MV Agusta distributorship. The fourth example of the model produced, it is desirably fitted with chrome exhausts, wire wheels, and the full “dustbin” fairing which remains coveted by collectors today. By 1985, this 750S America had been acquired by its last prior owner and interred within their Connecticut-based collection of significant Italian sport bikes. At time of cataloguing, it indicates fewer than 10,000 miles, and it retains its numbers-matching engine per its certificate of origin.

Featuring pure, and evocative Italian styling that few sport bikes can match, the 750S America is on every serious collector’s shortlist.