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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-12-2017, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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175 Squalo

I've bought this lovely Squalo which was owned by Carlo Ubbiali. It's a 5V frame with a 4 speed motor and I'm trying to dig up some history on the bike which I bought at an auction in Berlin last year. Any ideas ? Anything I should be looking for?

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Beautiful bike how much did you pay for it ?


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The racing bike offered here comes from the possession of the famous Italian race driver Carlo Ubbiali (born in 1929), who won several world cups on MV Agusta bikes in the 1950s, he is considered one of the best Italian drivers ever. This is an original factory-made bike and no replica. Another special feature is the signature of the 15 tomes world champion and MV Agusta company driver Giacomo Agostini on the fuel tank. A delivery note specifies several maintenance works for 2011. The MV Agusta 175 CSS-5V Squalo was developed with a series engine especially for racing. “Squalo“ is Italian for “shark“. The model is based on the MV Augusta 175 C SS, which the Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. produced from 1954 to 1958. Featuring an air-cooled one-cylinder four-stroke engine, OHC valve control, oil sump lubrication, flywheel magneto ignition and Dell’Orto carburetor with 25 mm diameter the bike was a milestone of its time. The frame of the race version had a weight-reduced long-arm swing bar and a 5-gear transmission.
The vehicle has to be paid and collected within 7 business days after the auction. The collection may be made via collection by the costumer or via collection by a transport company. A timely collection can also made via a commissioning of Auctionata to a fee-based transport (flat shipping rate). If the time period lapses without a result, the buyer has to pay storage costs in the amount of 25,- € per day.
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Wow! What a piece of beauty! I am interested into the history behind this bike too. Anyone ? hehehe
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Yea, that's the auctioneer's description (Auctionata in Berlin). There is no "delivery note specifies several maintenance works for 2011" and the bike is not a 5 speed version despite the auction house "absolutely guaranteeing" that it had 5 gears. Never trust Auctionata....

It is a beautiful bike and I'm very pleased with my purchase but I would be fascinated to find out more of it's heritage and history - this forum is by far the best place to try !

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Gareth-
I can't help with the history of your motorcycle, but the dustbin fairing looks more like the Mondial fairing than the MV- if you search the web for 'Mondial dustbin' you'll find lots of photos of bodywork similar to yours- this is from Phil Ansyley's photo site:
Phil Aynsley Photography - 1957 250 Bialbero GP/250GP - 011
I have a photo of an MV Squalo with a dustbin fairing, but I think it was from an auction, so it's hard to say if it's authentic.
There was a Squalo engined bike at an auction in the US recently- none of the rest of the bike was Squalo, and it didn't sell for a crazy price- finding an orphaned Squalo engine will take some luck, but something will probably turn up eventually.
It sounds like you have the right to be upset with the auction house if they misrepresented the bike- good to hear you're happy with what you have- finding a Squalo engine will be an adventure.
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Yes, I saw this bike at auction. It isn't a proper Squalo frame but it's still a lovely bike. What did it eventually go for?
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This is the bike:
Bonhams : c.1956 MV Agusta Racer Engine no. 450382
It didn't sell the first time it came up for auction, but did sell the next year if I remember right- not sure on the auction price, but I think it was around $7000.00US.
There are Squalos in both of the Las Vegas auctions this year- in just a few days- one might be worthwhile for you to investigate as it's listed with a spare engine:
Bonhams : c.1954 MV Agusta 175cc CSS Squalo PRODUCTION ROAD RACER Frame no. 410031/5V Engine no. 450390/5V
Bonham's won't tell you who buys it, but if you could track down the buyer you might be able to buy the spare engine.
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Spoke to the guys at Bonhams and the spare engine isn't a 5V. :-(
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