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This ex-John Surtees BMW is being sold for £2m

Classic & Sports Car Logo By Chris Rowlands of Classic & Sports Car | Slide 1 of 23: It’s not often that an Italian count offers to buy a stunning BMW for you. Then again, it’s not often that you win seven motorcycle World Championships for the same manufacturer.That’s exactly what the late, great John Surtees did for MV Agusta motorcycles in the late-’50s, claiming four 500cc and a trio of 350cc titles in the space of just four years.His reward? After a little negotiation in his limited Italian, Surtees was gifted this magnificent BMW 507 by Count Domenico Agusta – and he kept it for the rest of his life.Now the Surtees family is offering it for sale at the Bonhams Festival of Speed auction on 13 July, with a conservative estimate of £2.2m. Click on for the remarkable story.

One very treasured gift

It’s not often that an Italian count offers to buy a stunning BMW for you. Then again, it’s not often that you win seven motorcycle World Championships for the same manufacturer.

That’s exactly what the late, great John Surtees did for MV Agusta motorcycles in the late-’50s, claiming four 500cc and a trio of 350cc titles in the space of just four years.

His reward? After a little negotiation in his limited Italian, Surtees was gifted this magnificent BMW 507 by Count Domenico Agusta – and he kept it for the rest of his life.

Now the Surtees family is offering it for sale at the Bonhams Festival of Speed auction on 13 July, with a conservative estimate of £2.2m. Click on for the remarkable story.

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