c.1954 MV Agusta 175cc CSS Squalo PRODUCTION ROAD RACER Frame no. 410031/5V Engine no. 450390/5V

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 181
c.1954 MV Agusta 175cc CSS Squalo PRODUCTION ROAD RACER
Frame no. 410031/5V Engine no. 450390/5V

US$ 25,000 - 30,000
€ 22,000 - 27,000
c.1954 MV Agusta 175cc CSS Squalo PRODUCTION ROAD RACER

Frame no. 410031/5V
Engine no. 450390/5V

• Single overhead cam
• 5 Speed

MV Agusta's factory race team had been developing 4-strokes for some years and in 1952 achieved its first major international success when Cecil Sandford secured the 125cc World Championship – MV's first. For the following season, MV made available a single-cam, version of Sandford's works dohc racer, the Sport Competizione, which rapidly became the mount of choice among privateers contesting the quarter-liter class. In 1955 a second over-the-counter racer was added to the range: the 175 CSS Squalo (Italian for shark.) Developed from MV's 175cc roadster, the CSS used the latter's monoalbero or sohc engine, up-rated with a five-speed gearbox and external magneto, which was installed in an entirely new set of cycle parts consisting of a duplex loop frame, Earles-type leading-link forks and swinging-arm rear suspension. The 175 CSS was intended primarily for Italian Formula racing, but quickly came to dominate the 200cc class in the UK and elsewhere, despite a list price higher than that of a Manx Norton! In fact, it was one of these little MVs, bored out to 196cc, which provided the great Mike Hailwood with his first ever race win, at Oulton Park in 1957.

This beautifully restored example lacks nothing. It's quite stunning from every angle. On paper the 172.3cc single, with 59.5x62mm bore and stroke, and chain driven single overhead cam, pushes out 16 horsepower at 8,800rpm which with magneto ignition, a wet clutch and (/5V) 5-speed gearbox and a dry weight of 95kg enables the bike to fly to 150kph. This one is the proverbial jewel of shark! Offered on a Bill of Sale.

Footnotes

  • This motorcycle is accompanied by a spare engine and two fiberglass fairings to be shipped to the buyer post-sale at the buyer's expense. Please note that this bike is offered on a bill of sale.
Contacts
c.1954 MV Agusta 175cc CSS Squalo PRODUCTION ROAD RACER Frame no. 410031/5V Engine no. 450390/5V
c.1954 MV Agusta 175cc CSS Squalo PRODUCTION ROAD RACER Frame no. 410031/5V Engine no. 450390/5V
c.1954 MV Agusta 175cc CSS Squalo PRODUCTION ROAD RACER Frame no. 410031/5V Engine no. 450390/5V
c.1954 MV Agusta 175cc CSS Squalo PRODUCTION ROAD RACER Frame no. 410031/5V Engine no. 450390/5V
c.1954 MV Agusta 175cc CSS Squalo PRODUCTION ROAD RACER Frame no. 410031/5V Engine no. 450390/5V
c.1954 MV Agusta 175cc CSS Squalo PRODUCTION ROAD RACER Frame no. 410031/5V Engine no. 450390/5V
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins and Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, Wine & Whisky

27.5% on the first $3,000 of the hammer price;
25% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of $3,000 up to and including $400,000;
20% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of $400,000 up to and including $4,000,000;
and 13.9% of the hammer price of any amounts in excess of $4,000,000.

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Special Car Dealer Notices

For all registrable motorcycles, Bonhams will be working in conjunction with Nevada dealer Munari Auctions Inc., number DLR000042175