Stunning MV sells for £100k
The Bonham’s Spring Stafford sale saw over 400 bikes go under the hammer last weekend with many early estimates being blown away as the bidding got aggressive.
There was a wide variety of bikes on offer. Lots included everything from a six-figure Brough Superiors to restoration project Laverdas. But it was a 1973 MV Agusta 750S that stole our hearts.
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When the 750S launched, it arguably started the modern take on sports touring with a maintenance-free shaft drive paired to the 65bhp 743cc inline four. Handmade in limited numbers, the 750S was so expensive that it was out of reach of the ordinary biker. This particular example was first registered in Spain and had documentation (including a current MoT) that’s bang up to date. It sold for £96,700, far exceeding the estimate of £70,000-£90,000.
Other lots in the sale included a handful of 750cc Triumph TR7s as used by the Army’s White Helmets display team. The stunt team’s 1999 Ride Bike, a stripped- down roadster that performed in all 28 outings of the team’s final year, generated the most interest and fetched £6325.
The lot that really drove bidders wild, nearly doubling its lower estimate, was item number 430: Bruce Anstey’s Ulster GP-winning GSX-R1000. The Dyson Suzuki won many Superstock races across the 2003 season, recording a whopping 181mph through the speedtrap at the Ulster. It sold for £9200.
The next sale is the Autumn Stafford Sale, at the Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show on October 13-14.