Giacomo Agostini is arguably the most legendary name in motorcycle racing history, with an illustrious career that included 15 GP world titles, 122 GP wins, and 10 wins at the TT. Pretty much anything Ago campaigned aboard during competition is considered to be of extreme historical significance and therefore incredibly valuable. Such is the case with an ex-Agostini Morbidelli racer that’s due to cross the auction block later this year.
The bike is one of two 1976 specimens built by Morbidelli for the Brescia-born rider for the purpose of competing in an international race event in Italy in the summer of ’76. Powered by engines modeled after the Italian marque’s earlier eighth-liter twin, Ago’s Morbidellis featured water-cooled, two-stroke, 250cc engines with disc-valve induction and six-speed transmissions that offered 64hp outputs and 160mph top speeds. Housing the 250s were custom Bimota frames, made in the boutique outfit’s early days and featuring a mono-shock design — a trait decades ahead of its time in 1976. Rebuilt by the Morbidelli Museum’s workshop 12 years ago, this 1976 ex-Giacomo Agostini 1976 Morbidelli 250cc Grand Prix Racer is slated to go under the hammer at Bonhams’ upcoming Summer Stafford Sale where it’s expected to fetch between $74,000 to $120,000.