1945 – 1950
Meccanica Verghera Agusta was founded on 12th February 1945. Production began in 1946 with a 98 cc 2-speed 2-stroke model. A 3-speed version followed, and in 1949 a 125 cc 4-speed 4-stroke motorcycle was presented. It was at this point that the Agusta family decided to promote their motorcycles by getting involved in racing. The first victory came on 6th October 1946 at La Spezia, Italy. In 1950 they took their first Italian Championship title. Yearly output was then around 30,000 units.
The outstanding technical calibre of MV motorcycles was soon demonstrated by a World Title in the 125 Class in 1952, victory in the Milan–Taranto and wins in endurance races. Four-stroke engines went into production, their success aiding the acquisition of United States helicopter manufacturing licenses by Costruzioni Aeronautiche Giovanni Agusta. By this time estimated production was 175,000 units.
Race results: 19 Constructors’ World Championships, 32 National Championships
1961 – 1970
Production expanded to include moped engines, 250 cc and 350 cc twins and – a first for a European manufacturer – the 4-cylinder 600 cc engine, which was followed by the Sport 750 versions. The racing scene saw the introduction of the 3-cylinder 350 cc and 500 cc engines which dominated for years on race tracks around the world, taking no less than 101 Grand Prix wins and 10 World Constructors’ titles. Estimated production was 42,000 units.
Race results: 13 Constructors’ World Championships, 9 National Championships
1971 – 1977
The untimely death of Domenico Agusta was followed by extensive reorganisation of the Agusta Group. The entry of a public partner (EFIM) in 1973 was expected to generate joint ventures with another company directly linked to this government body. Sadly, the project came to nothing. In 1976 the racing department closed and production at Meccanica Verghera Agusta soon ceased altogether. Estimated production was 12,000 units.
Race results: 5 Constructors’ World Championships, 5 National Championships
Click on the gallery below to see the models built in each era.