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Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.

1967 MV Agusta 500/3

Right-Hand Side of the 1967 MV Agusta 500/3

1967 MV Agusta 500/3

Country: Italy
Engine: Air-cooled, three-cylinder four stroke
Ignition: Battery & coil
Power rating:
78bhp @ 12,000rpm
Bore x stroke:
62mm x 55mm
Gear-driven double overhead cam
Fuel system:
Three Dell’Orto SS 27mm carburetor
Seven speed
Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Front 220mm drum, rear 180mm drum
275lbs dry
Top speed:

Originally built as a 350cc class machine, gradual bore increases raised the capacity to 377cc, 420cc, and finally 499cc. With this machine, MV won the 500cc World Championships from 1966 to 1973. This record is unique in the history of motorcycle racing. Increased competition required more modern technology, so the three-cylinder machine was replaced with a four-cylinder model that featured four valves per cylinder.

Rider's view of the 1967 MV Agusta 500/3

Left-Hand Side of the 1967 MV Agusta 500/3