Minichamps MIN122121730 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 "Senna" Motorcycle - Grey/Black (1:12 Scale)
"German precision engineering at its finest!"
- The Motor Pool
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.
The F4 1000 Senna is a special edition of the F4 1000 R released in 2006. It is similar to the 2002 F4 750 Senna in spirit, but has some changes to the paint scheme and an alcantara seat. This model comes with the 174 horsepower (128 kW) engine and has also the upgraded Brembo Monobloc radial brakes, forged silver Brembo wheels, a 50 mm titanium-nitride coated Marzocchi upside down fork and a lightweight Sachs racing rear suspension (in high & low speed range adjustable rebound and compression damping). Only 300 were produced.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale diecast replica of a 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 "Senna" motorcycle. Comes in a handsome presentation case. Sold Out!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3 inches
Release Date: October 2009
Historical Account: "The Count" - MV Agusta began as an offshoot of the Agusta aviation company which was formed by Count Giovanni Agusta in 1923. The Count died in 1927, leaving the company in the hands of his wife and sons, Domenico, Vincenzo, Mario and Corrado. Count Vincenzo Agusta together with his brother Domenico formed MV Agusta (the MV stood for Meccanica Verghera) at the end of the Second World War as a means to save the jobs of employees of the Agusta firm and also to fill the post-war need for cheap, efficient transportation. They produced their first prototype, ironically called "Vespa 98", in 1945. After learning that the name had already been registered by Piaggio for its Vespa motorscooter, it was referred to simply by the number '98'.
The company successfully manufactured small-displacement, quintessential Cafe racer style motorcycles (mostly 125-150 cc) through the 1950s and 1960s. In the 60s small motorcycle sales declined, and MV started producing larger displacement cycles in more limited quantities. A 250 cc, and later a smart 350 cc twin were produced, and a 600 cc four-cylinder evolved into a 750 cc which is still extremely valuable today.
Following the death of Count Domenico Agusta in 1971, the company declined and by 1980, it stopped producing motorcycles altogether.