c1957 MV Agusta 175cc Motorcycle
One of the most famous names in Italian motorcycling history, the Meccanica Verghera concern can trace its history back to 1945 when the first two-wheeled machine to bear the MV moniker appeared. Badged the 98, this was a modest scooter designed to meet the need for cheap transportation, with the MV Company looking to diversify away from its principal base in the aeronautical industry. MV quickly expanded the model range to include more sporting machines and established a reputation for building winning race bikes. MV officially began racing in 1946 but it was the new four-stroke 125cc single and 500cc four-cylinder machines of 1950 that put the brand on the map, the latter giving Les Graham and John Surtees world titles. Meanwhile the range of road bikes continued to expand through the 1960s, with MV one of the few Italian manufacturers rising to meet the challenge of the Japanese through diversification. The four-stroke 175, launched with little fanfare in 1957, was a conventional but attractively styled machine available in Turismo, Sport and Lusso models and remained in production until 1960. Sold in both pushrod and more expensive single-cam versions, the former offering mechanical simplicity and reliability, the latter a more sporting edge. Both used an open duplex cradle frame with swing-arm rear suspension and a teledraulic fork, along with a unit construction four-speed gearbox. Following the death of Count Domenico Agusta in the early 1970s, MV foundered but was saved by the Castiglione family with the stunning F4 unveiled in 1998. Today all MV’s creations are considered collectible and have an incredibly loyal following around the world.