Twenty years after the last production model rolled off the assembly line, the 2000 MV Agusta F4 Strada motorcycle heralded the return of MV Agusta. Or at least the return of the name.
Always expensive and thus exclusive, MV built its reputation with road bikes that closely resembled the company's legendary racing machines.
But by the late 1970s, bikes that were expensive to buy proved even more expensive to build, and the company ceased operations in 1980.
In 1991, the MV Agusta name was purchased by Cagiva, an up-and-coming Italian motorcycle manufacturer that already owned Ducati.
Cagiva soon experienced financial troubles of its own, however, and it wasn't until 1997 that the revered name once again graced a fuel tank.
It was worth the wait. The initial versions of the reborn Agusta, called F4 Oro, were powered by a 750-cc, four-cylinder, fuel-injected engine and constructed of exotic, lightweight materials. Only about 200 were built -- at around $32,000 apiece.
They were followed by regular production F4s, which were called Strada. These looked nearly the same, but sold for a much more reasonable $19,000. Demand far exceeded supply, and MV Agusta once again became a name to be reckoned with.
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