Lot 216 - 1977 Moto-Guzzi 1977 Moto-Guzzi 850 Le Mans
|Odometer reading||2,530 miles|
|Result||Sold - £5,824|
Moto Guzzi is the oldest European manufacturer in continuous motorcycle production and since 2004, one of seven brands owned by Piaggio. Established in 1921 the company is noted for its central historic role in Italy's motorcycling manufacture, its prominence worldwide in motorcycle racing, and a series of industry innovations; including the first motorcycle center stand and eight-cylinder engine. In 1976, Moto Guzzi released the 850 Le Mans, a cafe racer that was a stylistic masterpiece and still today considered one of the most iconic and sought-after of all Guzzis.The initial model is known widely but incorrectly as the Mk I, it is simply the 850 Le Mans, named in homage to the 24-hour endurance race and circuit in France. The Mk. I had two production runs with slight modifications. The first run, known as Series One, used the roundish CEV stop/taillight used on many Italian bikes of the decade; the second production run known as the Series Two and totaling around 4,000 bikes, used a De Tomaso designed rectangular taillight/reflector and modified rear guard. The taillight and guard was the biggest change between Series One and Two but other modifications later included a tripmeter and black fork lowers.
This early 850 Le Mans has been stored for approximately 33 years and although appearing complete, is in need of restoration. It is thought the mileage is correct on the odometer, although we have no way of confirming this, we are aware the vendor used the motorcycle for only a couple of years before putting her into storage. Viewing is recommended on this rare and desirable Italian engineered machine, offered at no reserve.
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