The MV 500 four cylinder Grand Prix have always inspired motorcycle enthusiasts.
The megaphone’s sound of the factory MV four-cylinder ridden by Giacomo Agostini on the race track in Spa is part of the myths.
Throughout the sixties the MV 500 four cylinder were dominating the Grand Prix. Those were official factory bikes ridden by a small number of champions such as Agostini or Read.
Privateers had no possibilities to get hold of these mythical bikes.
Until in 1967, when MV produced the street legal first MV four cylinder, the 600.
Ian Faloon in his excellent “The book of the classic MV Agusta Fours” dedicates a page to the modified MV four cylinders. You can read (on page 199):
“Although the 600 was designed to deter customers converting them to racers, in 1969 Swedish rider, Sven Gunnarsson, built a 500cc racer out of a 600. Gunnarsson replaced the shaft final drive with a chain and created a double cradle frame. Four 26mm Amal Concentric carburettors fed the engine, and the exhaust system consisted of four individual pipes. A sout Rickman Metisse front fork, Borrani front wheel with single Lockheed brake, and 200mm Fontana twin leading shoe rear brake completed the specification. Gunnarsson’s effort was impressive, but it wasn’t particularly successful.”
Following Sven “Esso” Gunnarsson’s wife, he hardly raced the bike, but his compatriot, Borje Jansson, rode this bike in a race that he won.
The only public appearing of this machine since 1969 occurred during the 1997 TT, when Sven Gunnarsson participated in a demonstration ride with this bike.
The machine is today in its original state (the frame has never been repainted in 47 years).
We carried out a restarting job (oil change, carburettors dismantled and cleaned, fuel hoses were replaced). The bike started instantly and runs perfectly on its four cylinders…
This historic bike is featured in specialized MV books (eg. Ian Faloon’s “The book of the classic MV Agusta Fours” and “MV Agusta” by Mick Walker).
This is a truly unique model, the very first privateer four cylinder MV engaged in a competition.
Its serial engine number is 199 022.
This bike has already been sold.
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