Lot 199

1954 MV Agusta 175 CSS 'Disco Volante'

From The Leo Schigiel Motorcycle Collection

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SOLD $20,160


$15,000 - $20,000| Without Reserve


Frame No. 40439336



Car Highlights

Extremely Rare Earles Fork 1954 Super Sport Model

Highly Collectible as One of Only 500 Built

Formerly Part of Gary Kohs’ Renowned MV Collection

A Stunning Restored Example of One of MV Agusta’s Most Iconic Designs

A Perfect Candidate for the Moto Giro or Concours Exhibition

Technical Specs

172 CC SOHC Air-Cooled Single-Cylinder Engine

Single Dell’Orto Carburetor

15 BHP at 8,800 RPM

4-Speed Manual Gearbox

Front and Rear Drum Brakes

Front Earles Fork Suspension with Twin Telescopic Shock Absorbers

Rear Swing-Arm Suspension with Twin Telescopic Shock Absorbers

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Much like Enzo Ferrari, the Agusta brothers built and sold road-going motorcycles to fund their racing endeavors. Their first motorcycle only had a 98 cc engine, but it performed very well, both on track and in the showroom. Over time, larger displacement models were produced, and the company dominated Grand Prix racing for years, including an astonishing 17 back-to-back world championship races in the 500 cc premier class. MV Agustas were piloted by some of the most legendary riders of all time, like John Surtees, Mike Hailwood, and Giacomo Agostini.

In 1952, the company introduced its single overhead cam, 175 cc model and, in various configurations, the lightweight 175 became both a racing and sales success. Models fitted with the distinctive larger tank, such as this example, are referred to as the “flying saucer,” or “Disco Volante.” The bulge in the tank had a practical purpose – to hold more fuel – but in typical fashion, the company accomplished the goal in the most elegant way possible.

This particular “Disco Volante” is an extremely rare Earles Fork Super Sport model from 1954, of which only 500 were built, distinguishing it from even its already-exotic brethren. Now fitted with a fiberglass tank and once part of Gary Kohs’ noted MV collection, the beautifully restored “Disco Volante” is an outstanding example of one of the most unique and attractive small-displacement Italian motorcycles of the 1950s.

*Please note that this vehicle is sold on a Bill of Sale. Please also note that this vehicle has been in long-term static storage and may require mechanical attention prior to road use.


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