c.1955 MV Agusta CST 175
While Allan Aaron's MV Agusta collection centered on 175s for vintage road racing, this 175 CST is a largely stock streetbike. It is an important model in MV's history. Forbidden after WWII from returning to their aeronautical roots, the Agusta family decided to manufacture motorcycles, and in fact was among the earliest companies to get Italy back on wheels following the hostilities with their 98, a two-stroke runabout first sold in 1946. That same year a 98 Sport won the first race MV Agusta entered, starting the company on a competition path that would result in 37 world championships.
Six years later at the 1952 Milan Show, Agusta pulled the wraps off the 175 CST, a single overhead camshaft design and the first MV four-stroke to go into series production. This model, too, would go on to greater glory on the racetrack. Here's an example of the 175's first iteration in virtually original condition.
- Please note that the frame and engine numbers for this motorcycle are 40382236 and 403598T respectively.