After the launch of its first production four-stroke - a 175cc, overhead-camshaft, unit-construction single – in 1952, MV followed up with a succession of related models. The smallest of these was the Ottantatre (the name means '83', referring to both the engine's capacity in cubic centimetres and the model's dry weight in kilograms) which featured an overhead-valve engine with inclined cylinder, suspended beneath a spine-type frame. The engine's maximum output of 3.69bhp was transmitted via a three-speed gearbox, giving a top speed of around 45mph, though the Ottantatre's exceptional frugality – up to 200mpg was claimed – would have been of greater interest to the majority of potential customers. Like their larger siblings, the small MVs were relatively expensive, which explains why so few of these the exquisitely engineered and undeniably very pretty little bikes were sold in the UK.
This Ottantatre was imported by North Leicestershire Motorcycles and first registered (to the current vendor) in this country on 1st March 2015. Benefiting from new tyres, new front wheel bearings, a new front wheel rim, and new chain/sprockets, the machine comes with a dating certificate and V5C document.