19 Facts About MV Agusta


In 1945, following the provisions of the peace treaty after the war, which were later reiterated in the Paris Peace Treaties, 1947, the production of aircraft was forbidden to Italy, and the MV Agusta family had to think quick to save their high-tech business and keep their employees in work.

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Much like Enzo Ferrari, the MV Agusta family produced and sold motorcycles almost exclusively to fund their racing efforts.

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In 1947, MV Agusta went to the Milan Trade Fair with a number of new features.

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In 1952, the MV Agusta factory started building helicopters under licence to American manufacturer Bell.

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In less than a year MV Agusta introduced a sportier version 175 CS with a larger carburetor, a higher compression ratio, a larger cylinder head with bigger fins, aluminum wheel rims and plenty of glossy red paint.

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Four-stroke 175-cc MV Agusta engines were distinguished by excellent dynamics at that time, but not durability.

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MV Agusta went on to dominate Grand Prix racing, winning 17 consecutive 500-cc world championships.

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Motorcycles MV Agusta became more advanced, with modern electrical equipment and improved suspensions.

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The heirs of Domenico MV Agusta did not have passion to the motorcycle business and it declined soon.

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MV Agusta 350 S Ipotesi was an example of a car designer's experience in a motorcycle world.

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MV Agusta is famous by its experiments and expands of the range.

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MV Agusta won their last Grand Prix in 1976 and by the end of the season they were out of racing.

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In December 2004, in spite of the fact that MV Agusta became the main brand of Cagiva group, due to cashflow problems Claudio Castiglioni was forced to sell a bigger part of his stake in MV Agusta to a Malaysian car maker Proton for 70 million euros.

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Finally MV Agusta was forced to call for a judge protection to avoid bankruptcy.

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In 2020 MV Agusta produced the MV Agusta Superveloce, a retro racer styled motorcycle based on the F3 800 Supersport.

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MV Agusta retired from Grand Prix racing at the end of the 1976 season, having won 270 Grand Prix motorcycle races, 38 World Riders' Championships and 37 World Constructors' Championships with legendary riders such as Giacomo Agostini, Mike Hailwood, Phil Read, Carlo Ubbiali, Gary Hocking and John Surtees.

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MV Agusta won the Italian Superstock Championship in 2006 with Luca Scassa, 30 years after its last title .

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In 2013 two MV Agusta F4-RR were entered by Grant Racing in the British Superstock Championship.

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In 2014 MV Agusta made the official return to racing establishing the MV Agusta Reparto Corse works team, managing both World Superbike and Supersport activities.

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