Moto Guzzi V7,
Lot 203
Property of Yori Kanda,1972 Moto Guzzi 749cc V7 Sport Project Frame no. VK11427 Engine no. VK30343
Sold for £4,945 (US$ 8,027) inc. premium

Lot Details
Property of Yori Kanda,1972 Moto Guzzi 749cc V7 Sport Project  Frame no. VK11427 Engine no. VK30343 Property of Yori Kanda,1972 Moto Guzzi 749cc V7 Sport Project  Frame no. VK11427 Engine no. VK30343 Property of Yori Kanda,1972 Moto Guzzi 749cc V7 Sport Project  Frame no. VK11427 Engine no. VK30343 Property of Yori Kanda,1972 Moto Guzzi 749cc V7 Sport Project  Frame no. VK11427 Engine no. VK30343 Property of Yori Kanda,1972 Moto Guzzi 749cc V7 Sport Project  Frame no. VK11427 Engine no. VK30343 Property of Yori Kanda,1972 Moto Guzzi 749cc V7 Sport Project  Frame no. VK11427 Engine no. VK30343 Property of Yori Kanda,1972 Moto Guzzi 749cc V7 Sport Project  Frame no. VK11427 Engine no. VK30343 Property of Yori Kanda,1972 Moto Guzzi 749cc V7 Sport Project  Frame no. VK11427 Engine no. VK30343 Property of Yori Kanda,1972 Moto Guzzi 749cc V7 Sport Project  Frame no. VK11427 Engine no. VK30343 Property of Yori Kanda,1972 Moto Guzzi 749cc V7 Sport Project  Frame no. VK11427 Engine no. VK30343 Moto Guzzi V7, Moto Guzzi V7, Moto Guzzi V7, Moto Guzzi V7, Moto Guzzi V7, Moto Guzzi V7, Moto Guzzi V7, Moto Guzzi V7, Moto Guzzi V7, Moto Guzzi V7, Moto Guzzi V7, Moto Guzzi V7, Moto Guzzi V7,
Property of Yori Kanda
1972 Moto Guzzi 749cc V7 Sport Project
Registration no. KGK 871K
Frame no. VK11427
Engine no. VK30343
An engine design that originated in the early post-war years, Moto Guzzi's venerable 90-degree v-twin is still around today powering the company's latest generation of motorcycles. Conceived to power a lightweight military three-wheeler this remarkable engine first appeared in a motorcycle in December 1965 when the 703cc V7 was displayed at the International Milan Show. The work of Giulio Carcano, the man behind Guzzi's 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. After Carcano retired, his successor Lino Tonti was charged with creating the first true sports version, the V7 Sport, which arrived in 1971. In creating the V7 Sport, Tonti moved the electrical generator from atop the crankcase to the crankshaft nose, thus enabling a much lower frame to be used. In marque expert Mick Walker's words, the result was 'an amazing transformation of a formerly staid, overweight package.' In addition, the newcomer featured a 749cc engine to qualify for 750-class racing, a five-speed gearbox and large-diameter drum brakes, the front a double-sided, twin-leading-shoe unit. With 52bhp available at the rear wheel, the magnificent V7 Sport was good for 120mph. This incomplete V7 Sport was acquired by its late owner in July 1984 and currently displays a total of 42,663 miles on the odometer. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, the machine comes with old-style Swansea V5 document, restored petrol tank and toolboxes. No reserve.

Footnotes

  • The Kanda Collection

    Tokyo-born Yoritatsu (Yori) Kanda, 74, is a highly respected member of motorcycling's international press corps. He originally moved to England in the mid-1970s, settling happily in Sussex from where he began reporting Grands Prix, motorcycle shows, machine and aftermarket press launches; building in the process an extensive knowledge of technical matters, brand histories, race and industry politics, production technologies and so on, subjects about which he has written frequently. As well as contributing to the major Japanese publications he has filed countless articles for important European magazines.

    Tragically in 2007, while attending a bike launch in Italy, he suffered a serious accident. In addition to a fortnight's concussion, his injuries included five fractured vertebrae. Following 18 months in specialist care, Yori returned to his home in Eastbourne but sadly is now resident in a nursing home.

    Among numerous books authored for the Japanese market is his History of Japanese Racing Motorcycles, which included the first ever photographs of 1960s-period racing machines, fully stripped, for enthusiasts to examine and enjoy. Undoubtedly his greatest journalistic coup was persuading Messrs Kawashima, Hasegawa, and Shimizu (senior directors respectively of Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki) to meet together in one room for an on-the-record discussion! Another typical Yori 'scoop' came in September 1967 when he managed a sneak shot of former MZ factory rider Ernst Degner - already notorious for joining Suzuki after defecting from East Germany while leading the World Championship on an MZ – who was secretly testing a 125 Kawasaki at the Fuji circuit. The picture would turn out to be a sensation, as Degner crashed heavily a few laps later, sustaining injuries that ended the German rider's career.

    Like so many journalists, Yori is both collector and hoarder. Seemingly reluctant to dispose of any information issued by a manufacturer, he has amassed over the last 40 years an extraordinary quantity of factory Press Kits ex-BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, etc plus Triumph from 1990 onwards. More importantly though, he has also accumulated one of the most comprehensive and discerning collections of motorcycle books to have been offered on the open market. Given his passion it is no surprise the Kanda Collection includes seven motorcycles - trials, scrambles, racing, classic and street - from five different nations no less. Understandably, Yori has had insufficient time to complete their refurbishment.
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