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MV Agusta 350 S

An Italian Masterpiece

John MV Agusta Grand Prix on display at the Barber Vintage Museum.

John H Glimmerveen

of the early motorcycle manufacturers had roots in either bicycles or And so it was with MV Agusta. Founded by Count Giovanni Agusta, the company was initially involved the early days of the aeronautics

But when the Count died in his widow Giuseppina and his son Domenico forced to look into markets as the aeronautics company was

Motorcycle Production Begins

Giuseppina and Domenico decided to into motorcycle production to the demand for affordable mass Unfortunately, before new motorcycle could get underway, with first 98 cc 2-…, the Second War began.

After the war, Domenico a company called Meccanica (MV) to produce his motorcycle. And in the of 1945 the first MV Agusta was to the public. Interestingly, the new bike was to be as the Vespa, but the company had to change when they found the had already been registered.

The new bike, therefore, came to be as the 98 in recognition of its engine size. The machines were available in or Economical versions from the of 1946. At the same time as the bikes were being the race team was also taking victories at La Spezia and

By 1947 the range had expanded A luxury version of the 98 was introduced with a new 2-stoke 125 cc twin and a single, the 4T.

Racing Success

motorcycle racing became popular the world over in the and MV took advantage of their success to promote their bikes. Some of the street were direct descendants of the bikes, such as the 125 Motore The factory claimed this was the most popular sports of its day.

1953 was a special year for MV That was the year they 20,000 bikes in one year. a start-up company only years previously to 20,000 per year was no mean feat, considering this was just the Second World War.

MV Agusta 350 S

was also the first year a was licensed to produce their outside of Italy when for export commenced in Spain.

By the end of the ’50s, most major were cutting back on research and development and racing but not so with MV. They purchased licenses to produce Bell This gave the company to cutting edge technology, their machines extremely

So advanced and reliable were the MV’s of the time that offered the first ever kilometer engine warranty.


The ’60s saw major from the Japanese affecting all of the manufacturers, and MV were no exception. rather than cut back, MV to introduce new models in an attempt to new motorcycle customers.

One of the new offerings was a 600 cc in-line four machine with shaft which had been developed from Mike Hailwood’s and Surtees’ 500 GP winning racers. same engine unit was developed to 750 cc and was used in the 750 S America, a capable of more than 130

By the end of the ’60s, the period known as the era began. Winning a total of 14 championships, Agostini became a in Italy and had fans the world He raced against, and beat, of the all time greats of motorcycle including: Hailwood, Saarinen, and Phil Read.

Fittingly, Agostini was the last to win a 500 GP on a MV when he won the German round in

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