1970 Moto Guzzi 757cc V7 Special
Registration no. BML 24H
Frame no. VM55BE
Engine no. 13931
An engine design that originated in the early post-war years, Moto Guzzis venerable 90-degree v-twin is still around today powering the companys latest generation of superbikes. The first motorcycle to make use of this remarkable engine, the 703cc V7, appeared at the International Milan Show in December 1965. The work of Ing. Giulio Carcano, the man who had masterminded Guzzis spectacular V8-engined Grand Prix racer, the V7 was the biggest and fastest roadster ever to come out of the factory at Mandello del Lario. Its military origins had dictated that the Guzzi v-twin should be both simple and easily maintained; indeed, accessibility was outstanding, while the shaft-drive transmission, another military requirement, provided virtually maintenance-free running. The Guzzi v-twin would undergo a seemingly never-ending series of enlargements, the first of which, to 757cc, occurred in 1969 on the Special/Ambassador models. By this time Carcano had retired, leaving his successor, Lino Tonti, to create the first true sports version - the V7S (Sport) - in 1971. This V7 Special was acquired by Ken Sizer in November 2007, having been in the immediately preceding owners hands since April 1995. A suppliers plaque bearing the legend Willy V Gent, Rotterdam is fixed to the bike, suggesting that it was supplied new in Holland. The machine is offered with assorted correspondence, sundry invoices, (copy) workshop manual, Swansea V5C and related literature to include Moto Guzzi V-Twins by Walker and Moto Guzzi Gold Portfolio by Brooklands Books. In addition, there is a quantity of old tax discs and expired MoTs on file (15 in number) dating back to 1978, the most recent of which expired on 28th March 2008.