1954 MV Agusta 175cc CS Sport 'Disco Volante' Frame no. 404353/36 Engine no. 450204SS

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Lot 625N
1954 MV Agusta 175cc CS Sport 'Disco Volante'
Frame no. 404353/36 Engine no. 450204SS

£ 12,000 - 18,000
US$ 16,000 - 23,000
To be sold without reserve
Amended
1954 MV Agusta 175cc CS Sport 'Disco Volante'
Frame no. 404353/36
Engine no. 450204SS
• Iconic MV model
• Earles fork version
• One 'push' mile since restoration by a specialist

"The single-cam 175, introduced in 1952 and put into production in 1954, was of fundamental importance to the technical, commercial and sporting evolution of the marque. From an engineering point of view, the 175 CS was important because it was the first 4-stroke MV to go into volume production..." – Colombo & Patrignani, MV Agusta.

Having commenced motorcycle production late in 1945 with a 98cc two-stroke, Meccanica Verghera (MV) introduced its first production four-strokes, the single-cylinder 175 CST 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 11bhp at 6,700rpm and pushed top speed to 117km/h (73mph). Alternative versions with either a race-developed Earles-type leading-link fork (suggested by MV's Grand Prix rider, Les Graham) or conventional telescopics were offered. It was not just new sports roadster'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). The ultimate development of the line arrived in 1955 in the shape of the 175 CS Super Sport, which came with 18bhp on tap and a top speed of around 135km/h (85mph). Not surprisingly, the 175 CS Sport Disco Volante was soon MV's best seller. Production of these highly successful models continued until 1958.

This Disco Volante has covered only one 'push' mile since being restored by a specialist. The machine is offered with an old Italian registration document issued Pesaro in 1966.

Footnotes

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  • The engine number is 450104SS. Please click the link to view the walkaround video of Lot 625: click here
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1954 MV Agusta 175cc CS Sport 'Disco Volante' Frame no. 404353/36 Engine no. 450204SS
1954 MV Agusta 175cc CS Sport 'Disco Volante' Frame no. 404353/36 Engine no. 450204SS
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