A collection of 71 classic MV Agusta motorcycles will be up for sale in an auction, Aug. 16-18 in Monterey, Calif.

Organized by Mecum Auctions, the auction will be for all 71 motorcycles to be sold as a single lot. The MV Agusta motorcycles and scooters from a 1946 MV 98 “3 Velocita” (pictured above) to a 2007 MV Agusta F4. The collection belongs to Gary Kohs, a self-described fan of Massimo Tamburini who designed motorcycles for MV Agusta as well as Ducati and Bimota.

“This is not just a collection of motorcycles, this is a collection of art, and I’m thrilled that Dana Mecum and his staff agree that keeping it together as one is so important,” says Kohs. “MV Agusta is the only marque that can truly represent the post-war history of the motorcycle, and I look forward to sharing it all with the international motorcycle community.”

The auction will take place Aug. 16-18 at the  Hyatt regency Monterey Hotel and Spa. The lot will be available for viewing in Indianapolis in May, Monterey in July and August, and at nearby Laguna Seca for the U.S. Grand Prix in late July.

“A collection of this scale, depth, and quality is a rare accomplishment worthy of international celebration,” says Gavin Trippe, Mecum Auctions motorcycle division manager. “It is essentially a complete museum exhibit poised for showcasing MV Agusta’s mark of excellence that can be displayed in less than 5,000 square feet of space.  We are pleased that Mr. Kohs has entrusted Mecum to offer his world-class collection at our auction in Monterey. Headlined by the 1953/54 ex-works 125 Grand Prix Racer, winner of the Isle of Man TT, virtually every model of motorcycle, race bike, scooter, and agricultural tricycle from the MV factory is represented.  This could easily be considered the opportunity of a lifetime.”

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[Source: Mecum Auctions]