1953 MV Agusta 175cc 'Disco Volante' & Sidecar Frame no. 415079 Engine no. 414391S

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Lot 181
1953 MV Agusta 175cc 'Disco Volante' & Sidecar
Frame no. 415079 Engine no. 414391S

Sold for € 11,500 (US$ 12,690) inc. premium
1953 MV Agusta 175cc 'Disco Volante' & Sidecar
Frame no. 415079
Engine no. 414391S
Having commenced motorcycle production late in 1945 with a 98cc two-stroke, Meccanica Verghera (MV) introduced its first production four-strokes, the single-cylinder 175CST and CSTL, at the Milan Show in 1952, the newcomers' advanced overhead-cam, unitary construction engine setting them apart from most of the opposition. Their cycle parts too were state-of-the-art, consisting of a duplex loop frame incorporating the engine as a stressed member, oil-damped telescopic front fork, swinging-arm rear suspension and full-width alloy hubs. A year later the 175CS Sport arrived featuring an engine in a higher state of tune that increased maximum power to 11bhp at 7,000rpm and pushed top speed to over 70mph. Alternative versions with an Earles-type leading-link fork or conventional telescopics were offered. It was not just the Sport's cutting-edge technical specification that set the public's pulse racing but also its styling, for the model featured a sculpted fuel tank, almost circular when viewed from above, that soon gained it the popular sobriquet 'Disco Volante' (Flying Saucer). Not surprisingly, the 175CS Sport 'Disco Volante' was soon MV's best seller. Production of this highly successful model continued until 1958. This restored, Earles-fork version is still attached to its original sidecar. There are no documents with this Lot.

Footnotes

  • MV Agusta 175 cm3 « disco volante » avec son side-car 1953
    Cadre n° 415079
    Moteur n° 414391S

    Meccanica Verghera (MV) commença à construire des motos à la fin de 1945 avec une deux temps de 98 cm3 et présenta ses premières motos quatre temps de série, les monocylindres 175 cm3 CST et CSTL, au Salon de Milan en 1952, l'innovant bloc moteur-boîte à arbre à cames en tête des nouvelles venues les démarquant de la majorité de leurs concurrentes. Leur partie cycle était aussi du dernier cri, constituée d'un double cadre en berceau intégrant le bloc moteur, avec une fourche télescopique hydraulique à l'avant, une suspension arrière à bras oscillants et des moyeux larges en alliage. Un an plus tard, La 175 CS Sport arriva avec un moteur plus poussé qui faisait grimper la puissance à 11 ch à 7 000 tr/min et la vitesse maximale à plus de 110 km/h. D'autres versions avec fourche Earles ou fourche télescopique conventionnelle furent proposées. Ce n'était pas simplement le nec plus ultra de la technique sportive qui faisait battre le cœur du public, mais aussi le style, car le modèle présentait un réservoir aux formes sculpturales, presque circulaire vu de dessus, qui attirait l'attention et lui valut bientôt le surnom de « disco volante ». La 175CS Sport « disco volante » devint sans surprise, le modèle le plus vendu de MV. La production de ce modèle à succès dura jusqu'en 1958. Cette version à fourche Earles restaurée est toujours attelée à son side-car d'origine. Il n'y a pas de document avec ce lot.
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1953 MV Agusta 175cc 'Disco Volante' & Sidecar Frame no. 415079 Engine no. 414391S
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