1956 MV Agusta 175cc CSS 'Disco Volante' Frame no. 414889 Engine no. 470828 SS (see text)

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Lot 415N
1956 MV Agusta 175cc CSS 'Disco Volante'
Registration no. not UK registered Frame no. 414889 Engine no. 470828 SS (see text)

Sold for £ 6,440 (US$ 8,970) inc. premium
1956 MV Agusta 175cc CSS 'Disco Volante'
Registration no. not UK registered
Frame no. 414889
Engine no. 470828 SS (see text)
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 175 CS Sport arrived featuring an engine in a higher state of tune that increased maximum power to 15bhp at 8,800rpm and pushed top speed to 135km/h (84mph). Alternative versions with either a race-developed 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 175 Supersport CSS Disco Volante was soon MV's best seller.

Purchased circa 1991 from Perugia, and currently displaying a total of only 2,307 kilometres on the odometer, this Disco Volante has been cosmetically restored, including hand-painted coach lines and new tank transfers. The machine is offered with its original Italian registration document and copy ACI papers, which show that it started life with a different engine ('411542').

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1956 MV Agusta 175cc CSS 'Disco Volante' Frame no. 414889 Engine no. 470828 SS (see text)
1956 MV Agusta 175cc CSS 'Disco Volante' Frame no. 414889 Engine no. 470828 SS (see text)
1956 MV Agusta 175cc CSS 'Disco Volante' Frame no. 414889 Engine no. 470828 SS (see text)
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