Bonhams : c.1930 Moto Guzzi 498cc Sport 14 (see text) Frame no. 8465 Engine no. L8337
c.1930 Moto Guzzi 498cc Sport 14 (see text) Frame no. 8465 Engine no. L8337

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Lot 464* N
c.1930 Moto Guzzi 498cc Sport 14 (see text)
Registration no. not UK registered Frame no. 8465 Engine no. L8337

Sold for £ 10,350 (US$ 13,384) inc. premium
c.1930 Moto Guzzi 498cc Sport 14 (see text)
Registration no. not UK registered
Frame no. 8465
Engine no. L8337
The prototype Moto Guzzi motorcycle was exceptionally advanced for its day: unitary construction of the 500cc engine and gearbox, over-square bore/stroke, geared primary drive, an overhead camshaft, and four valves per cylinder being just some of its salient features. However, the Normale (standard) model that entered production in 1921 was necessarily less ambitious, the most obvious difference being its engine's inlet-over-exhaust (IOE) valve arrangement, adopted to reduce costs.

Guzzi's IOE engine would last well into the 1930s, albeit considerably changed as development progressed, and was used in its latest form for the Sport 14. Introduced towards the end of 1928, the Sport 14 was notable for its three-spring girder fork, inherited from the racers, and Miller dynamo electric lighting, engines so-equipped having an 'L' suffix to their number. Although produced for only two years, the Sport 14 was one of Guzzi's best-selling models of the period.

Believed to be a Sport 14, this Moto Guzzi roadster appears to be an earlier restoration that has since mellowed. Nothing is known of its history or mechanical condition, except that the engine turns over. Offered from a private collection, this motorcycle will require re-commissioning at the very least, or possibly more extensive restoration, before returning to the road. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves with regard to this motorcycle's age, originality, correctness, and mechanical condition prior to bidding. There are no documents with this Lot, which is sold strictly as viewed.

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  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

    Should the vehicle remain in Europe, import VAT of 5% will be added to the Hammer Price and Buyer's Premium.
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c.1930 Moto Guzzi 498cc Sport 14 (see text) Frame no. 8465 Engine no. L8337
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N NOVA declaration

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