When the contents of the MV race shop were sold off, following a lengthy period in storage, only two machines of the pre-1965 period were assembled and complete, the remainder being dismantled. The principal purchasers of MV's heritage were Robert Iannucci in the USA, Ubaldo Elli in Italy and John Surtees in the UK. This genuine, ex-works machine, purchased directly from John Surtees by the current owner, accords with the specification employed by the MV Agusta factory team between 1957 and 1960, while the short-stroke engine is of the type used between 1954 and 1961. Between 1957 and 1960, MV Agusta's works 500s were raced by stars such as John Surtees, Umberto Massetti, Carlo Bandirola, John Hartle, Gary Hocking and Remo Venturi among others, during which time Surtees won the Isle of Man Senior TT three times and the 500cc World Championship three years consecutively from 1958 to 1960. While the race record of its principal components is unknown, it is to this heroic period that this machine belongs.