MV Agusta won the first of its 37 World Championships in 1952 when Cecil Sandford won the 125cc title. At the time many of MV’s Italian customers were more interested in road races like the Moto Giro and Milano-Taranto for up-to 175cc machines equipped with lights and other road equipment. The regulations for these events didn’t permit exotic and expensive DOHC engines, so MV produced a SOHC, or Monoalbero version which was first revealed at the 1952 Milan show. Apart from the cylinder head and cam arrangement, the new production racer was otherwise very similar to the works GP winner.
With a 4-speed gearbox, cradle frame, twin rear shocks and a single front suspension unit, the production Monoalbero weighed-in at 75kgs. Fed by a 27mm Dell’Orto carb, the 124cc dry-sump single-cylinder motor punched out 21.5bhp at 10,500rpm – good for a 93mph top speed.
From 1952 to 1956 around 180 production Monoalberos went to privateer riders. One of those was Mike Hailwood, who, aged 17, competed in his first race at Outon Park on April 22nd 1957, on an MV 125 Monalbero. He finished 11th.
Another was Comini Cesare who raced the Monoalbero on sale here in Italian Championship events. Remarkably, the machine remained in Cesare’s ownership until being purchased by the current owner in 2007.
This MV comes with Italian Motorcycle Federation historic certification.