MV Agusta's classic four-cylinder dominated Grand Prix racing for a decade from 1956. When it was replaced by the new triple in 1966, Count Agusta decided to make the Four available in limited numbers as a production bike. To prevent privateers converting it into a Grand Prix racer that may embarrass the factory, he stipulated it should be 600cc and have shaft final drive. The touring 600 eventually evolved into the 750 Sport and GT, and finally the America, but MV Fours were always built in extremely small numbers. As befit an engine that handed multiple World Championships to John Surtees, Gary Hocking, and Mike Hailwood, the technical specification was staggering, and remains so to this day. This magnificent engine was always at the heart of the MV Agusta, and it was this engine that created and sustained the legend.
Chapter 1 Racing history - How the four-cylinder MV racer evolved from 1950 until 1966. Chapter 2 The 600 - Full description of this rare and unusual model. Chapter 3 The 750 S 1970-73 - Early 750 S with drum brakes. Chapter 4 The 750 GT - Another rare model described in detail. Chapter 5 The 750 S 1974 - The final version of the earlier 750. Chapter 6 The 750 America - An attempt by MV Agusta to resurrect the four and tap into the US market. Chapter 7 The 850 SS Monza - The final factory four. Chapter 8 Magni, Kay and Bold specials - Some of the most beautiful and desirable MV Fours are specials. Chapter 9 Living with an MV Four
Ian Falloon was born in New Zealand in 1952 and studied engineering and music at Victoria University, Wellington. After a career as a symphony orchestra oboist was brought to an end by a motorcycle accident he began writing articles on motorcycles for magazines. His first book, the Ducati Story, was published in 1996 and in now in five editions and has been published in three languages. The success of the Ducati Story led to a series of Ducati books and histories of Honda, Kawasaki, BMW, and Moto Guzzi motorcycles. He has now written 30 books on motorcycles, mostly historical but also restoration guides. With an interest and passion spanning forty years he now concentrates on collecting and restoring older Italian motorcycles, particularly Ducati, MV Agusta, Laverda, and Moto Guzzi. Ian Falloon lives in Australia, and is ably supported in his projects by his wife Miriam and sons Ben and Tim.