1976 Moto Guzzi 850cc Le Mans Frame no. 70455 Engine no. 70455
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1976 Moto Guzzi 850cc Le Mans
Frame no. 70455 Engine no. 70455
Sold for US$ 21,850 inc. premium
Lot Details
1976 Moto Guzzi 850cc Le Mans
Frame no. 70455
Engine no. 70455
An engine design that originated in the late 1940s, Moto Guzzi's venerable 90-degree v-twin is still around today powering the latest generation of superbikes from Mandello del Lario. The first motorcycle to use this remarkable engine, the 703cc V7, appeared in the late 1960s. Enlargement to 757cc soon followed, but the first sports model, the V7S, was of 748cc capacity. Hitherto an acquired taste enjoyed by a discerning minority, the big Guzzi suddenly began capturing the imagination of a wider public when the 850cc Le Mans burst on the scene in 1976. Described by 'Bike' magazine as 'the sleekest, horniest thing you've ever seen on two wheels', the Le Mans looked like it was doing 100mph while stationary and on the open road delivered 130mph-plus performance. Without doubt one of the definitive superbikes of the 1970s and today highly collectible.

Owned by Richard C Paine from new, this Le Mans displays a total of only 114 miles on the odometer and is presented in original and unrestored condition having been on long-term museum display. Representing a rare opportunity to acquire a little used and unmolested example of this iconic model, the machine is offered with importer and retailer transfer of ownership documents dating from 1976. Careful re-commissioning is advised before returning this Le Mans to the road.

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