Villa Erba

27 May 2017

Moto-Icons: From Café Racer to the Superbike


Lot 101

1954 MV Agusta 125 Monoalbero Corsa

  • Engine no. 150091

Sold for $17,111

Documents: Bill of Sale

Please note that this lot is sold on a Bill of Sale.

  • One of 400 produced between 1953 and 1958
  • Restored in Switzerland to 1954 competition specification
  • Presented in stunning concours condition

Produced for privateers entering road races such as the Moto Giro, the MV Agusta 125 Monoalbero, or single overhead camshaft, was nearly identical to the Works grand prix racer. A favourite amongst riders, including a young Mike Hailwood, the 125 Monoalbero was very successful in its time.

Frame number 150091, offered here, is one such machine. Though the early history of it has since been lost to time, this 125 was found in a Swiss collection. The motorcycle was then subject to an extensive restoration in the early 2000s by an MV specialist. In excellent condition throughout, it is obvious that no expense was spared at the time, and all the details are as original as can be found. Whether shown at concours or entered in a historic racing event, this Monoalbero will not disappoint.

• Uno dei 400 esemplari prodotti tra il 1953 e il 1958
• Restaurato in Svizzera con le specifiche della versione competizione del 1954
• Presentata in condizioni da concorso

Prodotta pensando ai privati che volevano correre nelle corse stradale, tipo il Moto Giro, la MV Agusta 125 Monoalbero, era molto simile, se non iquasi identica, alle moto da corsa della squadra ufficiale. La preferita di tanti motociclisti, tra cui un giovane Mike Hailwood, il 125 Monoalbero è stato un mezzo di grande successo.

La moto numero 150091, offerta all’asta, è una di queste racers. Non si conosce la prima parte della storia di questa 125, se non che è stata trovata all’interno di una collezione svizzera. Restaurata da uno specialista MV nei primi anni 2000, si trova ora in eccellenti condizioni generali, ed è evidente che tempo e denaro non sono stati risparmiati durante il restauro e che tutti i dettagli sono originali o il più simili possibile agli originali. Sia che venga mostrata ai concorsi sia venga usata nelle gare d’epoca, il nuovo proprietario di questo Monoalbero non rimarrà senz’altro deluso.

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