1957 Ken Brett MV Agusta 175cc Racing Motorcycle
Engine no. 472449S
MV Agusta's successes in the lightweight classes at Grand Prix and international level in the early 1950s prompted several privateers to construct their own 'specials' along similar lines. Price was another factor, for although MV offered over-the-counter racers to private customers, in 1956 a 175 CSS cost £434 in the UK, making it even more expensive than a Manx Norton!
The machine offered here was constructed by Ken Brett and is described in detail in 'MV Agusta' by marque expert and prolific motorcycling author, Mick Walker (pages 45-47). Brett's frame was constructed along MV lines and used an Earles-type leading-link front fork, swinging-arm rear suspension, 18" wheels, an MV front brake and a Horwill rear stopper. The 125cc engine however, owed nothing to MV, being built around Rudge crankcases on top of which sat a machined-from-solid cylinder barrel and a single-overhead-camshaft head of Brett's own design. The gearbox was a four-speed Albion. Brett first raced his home-built special at Oulton Park in 1957 and went on to build two others, the most successful of which was campaigned by Don Williams in the UK and Ireland.
An older restoration, this particular Brett Special was purchased from a dealer by the current vendor, having previously formed part of a private collection in Kent. Nothing else is known of its history or when it came to be fitted with the 175 CSS engine currently installed. The machine's mechanical condition is likewise unknown, but once re-commissioned this charming Anglo-Italian racing special would doubtless make an ideal entry-level classic racer/parader. There are no documents with this Lot.