Dream Machine: MV Agusta 750S America

MV Agusta 750S America history and a 40 year old dream came true when Grand Touring Cars put it up for auction in Las Vegas.

| September/ October 2020

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  • Engine: 789cc DOHC 4-stroke, air-cooled inline 4-cylinder, 67mm x 65mm bore and stroke, 10.2:1 compression ratio, 75hp @ 8,500rpm
  • Top speed: 130mph (210 kmh)
  • Carburetion: 4 Dell’Orto VHB 26mm
  • Transmission: Primary drive by helical gears, 5-speed constant mesh, shaft final drive
  • Electrics: 12v, dynamo/generator system, 12v-32 amp hour battery, coil and single contact breaker ignition w/Bosch distributor
  • Frame/wheelbase: Steel duplex tube frame, 54.7in (1,389mm)
  • Suspension: Ceriani telescopic front forks with hydraulic dampening, twin Ceriani hydraulic rear shock
  • Brakes: Scarab hydraulic 11in (280mm) dual discs front, single 11in (280mm) disc rear
  • Tires: 3.50 x 18in front, 4 x 18in rear
  • Weight: 562lb (252kg)
  • Seat height: 30in (762mm)
  • Fuel capacity: 5gal (19ltr)

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A period brochure.

Captivated by the MV Agusta 750S America in the late 1970s, Rick Fuhry wrote a letter to Hatboro, Philadelphia-based distributor Cosmopolitan Motors Ltd. Rick admits he was simply dreaming about the motorcycle but was curious about price and availability. On November 20, 1978, Lawrence (Larry) Wise of Cosmopolitan sent Rick a reply.

“All the MV’s have been sold,” Larry wrote. “However, one customer who purchased several was unable to pay for one MV and we can now offer it for sale.”



For $5,000, Rick could have the last MV Agusta 750S America in its crate that Cosmopolitan had in stock. In the letter, Larry said the motorcycle would be sold to the first person to either wire the money or place a 10 percent deposit.

“At the time, I knew it was more than I could afford,” Rick says. “I hadn’t seen one in person, though, and if I had I might have been more motivated to somehow get together the money. I could have bought the very last MV Agusta 750S America offered for sale in the U.S.A., but I let it slip through my fingers.”

larry Wise
8/21/2020 12:13:21 PM

Hi Rick I don't remember your letter but we also let them "slip through our fingers". Because of our previous relationship with MV (importing their 250's) we were offered the last production of 100 750's as they were turning fully to Helicopter production. My Dad Ernie agreed to buy them and we took 50 first with the rest to be bought later. However by the time we got the bikes and started selling them the British importer bought the last 50 and we never even put a few away in the basement.- Larry Wise




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