Minichamps MIN122700001 1970 MV Agusta 500 CCM GP Motorcycle - Giacomo Agostini (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 Giacomo Agostini's 1970 MV Agusta 500 CCM GP motorcycle. Comes in a handsome presentation case. Sold Out!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3 inches
Release Date: April 2009
Historical Account: "Bombshell" - Born on June 16th, 1942, in Brescia, Lombardy, Giacomo Agostini is an Italian multi-time world champion Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. Nicknamed Ago, he is the all-time leader in victories in motorcycle Grand Prix history, with 122 Grand Prix wins and 15 World Championships titles. Of these, 68 wins and 8 titles came in the 500cc class, the rest in the 350cc class.
Agostini dropped a bombshell on the Grand Prix world when he announced he would never again race at the Isle of Man TT, after the death of his close friend, Gilberto Parlotti during the 1972 TT. He considered the circuit unsafe for world championship competition. At the time, the TT was the most prestigious race on the motorcycling calendar. Other top riders joined his boycott of the event and by 1976, the event was struck from the Grand Prix schedule.
Agostini surprised the racing world when he announced that he would leave MV Agusta to ride for Yamaha in 1974 season. On his first outing for the Japanese factory, he won the prestigious Daytona 200, the premiere American motorcycle race. He went on to claim the 1974 350cc World Championship but injuries and mechanical problems kept him from winning the 500cc crown. He rebounded and won the 1975 500cc title, marking the first time a two-stroke machine won the premier class.
The 1975 championship would also be the last world title for the 33 year old Italian. In 1976, he rode both Yamaha and MV bikes in the 500cc class, yet raced only once in the 350cc to win in Assen. For the challenging Nurburgring, he chose the 500cc MV Agusta and took it to victory, winning the last Grand Prix for both himself, the marque and the last for four-stroke engines in the 500cc class.