Minichamps MIN122606001 1960 MV Agusta 500 CCM 4-Cyinder Motorcycle - John Surtees, World Champion (1:12 Scale)
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It is very seldom that a motor bike brand and a racing driver form such a close relationship as the MV Agusta and Giacomo Agostini. In 1964, as a reaction to the Honda factory bikes which dominated the racing scene in the early 60s, Conte Domenico Agusta ordered the development of a three-cylinder racing bike. The result was a bike, which was smaller and lighter than the counterparts constructed by the competitors. It had a comparable performance, but offered much better handling.
Conte Domenico Agusta allowed the use of this bike under one condition: An Italian had to be the driver. So, Giacomo Agostini's triumphal procession started and the name Agusta became a legend. In total, Agostini won 15 World Championships, 7 of them in the 500 cc class on a three-cylinder four-stroke MV Augusta. He also succeeded in 1970, when he rode a factory bike. The 500 cc was equipped with a seven-speed gearbox and the output of 78hp at 12000 rpm allowed a top speed of 260 km/h. The 3-cylinder engine's bore and stroke of 62 x 55 millimetres resulted in a cubic capacity of 498 cm³. The successful 500 three-cylinder was produced between 1967 and 1972.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale diecast replica of World Champion John Surtees' 1960 500 CCM motorcycle. Comes in a handsome presentation case. Pre-order! Ship Date: 2014.
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3 inches
Release Date: ?
Historical Account: "Two and Four Wheels" - Born on February 11th, 1934, John Surtees is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Formula One driver from England. He remains the only person to have won World Championships on both two and four wheels.
In 1960, at the age of 26, Surtees switched from motorcycles to cars full time, making his Formula 1 debut racing for Lotus in the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo. He made an immediate impact with a second place finish in only his second Formula One race, at the 1960 British Grand Prix, and a pole position at his third race, the 1960 Portuguese Grand Prix. After spending the 1961 season with the Cooper racing team and the 1962 season with Reg Parnell Racing, he moved to Scuderia Ferrari in 1963 and won the World Championship for the Italian team in 1964.
On September 25th, 1965, Surtees had a life-threatening accident at the Mosport Circuit (Ontario, Canada) whilst practicing a Lola Can-Am car. The front wishbone had broken. In 1966, at the start of the new 3.0 litre F1 regulations, he led the Monaco GP until his car broke down with a rear differential failure. He later won the rain-soaked Belgium GP after a duel with Jochen Rindt in the Cooper-Maserati.
Note: Our condolences go out to the Surtees family who lost their son, Henry, in a Formula 2 crash at Brands Hatch on July 19th, 2009. He was just 18 years of age.