Agostini MV Agusta up for £210,000 at auction

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The legendary Giacomo Agostini has offered his MV Agusta 500 3-Cilindri for auction in Italy next month. And it could go for a whopping £210,000.

Hosted by RM Sotheby's at Lake Como, the bike, estimated to go anything between €200,000-€250,000 (£170,000 - £210,000), is one of 6 replica machines built by the original HRT engineers. 

To honour Agostini's 7 successive 500cc World Championship titles won with MV HRT produced a near-identical copy of the 1972-winning-machine.

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Engineered from the plans for the original three-cylinder 500GP bike, it’s as close to the actual thing as you’re likely to get, featuring perfect replicas of the 1970 Ceriani GP forks and 230-millimetre front drum brake.

Other details include 18-inch Borrani wire wheels and a moulded fibreglass seat with leather trim.

The only area where it differs to the original is with the modern Avon tyres and Dell’orto carbs, which were used instead of the original parts as they were no longer available at the time of the build.

The bike comes signed by Agostini himself; Once on a letter of authenticity and secondly on the dustbin fairing. 

RM Sotheby's auction is taking place at Villa Erba at Italy’s Lake Como on May 27 at 6pm CEST (4pm GMT). Visit their website for more information. 

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James Archibald

By James Archibald

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