1977 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans – $25,000 (Sold)

SELLER SAYS: 1977 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850 for sale. Beautiful condition. Two WA owners, 77,000 genuine Km. I have owned this bike since 1987. Maintained and on full registration since new. Ceramic-coated Lafranconi mufflers and pipes. Agostini rearsets. Brakes recently re-kitted with alloy pistons. I’m sad to see her go but time marches on … Contact Mike on 0419 xxx xxx SOLD (Perth, Western Australia)

EDITOR TERLICK SAYS: Moto Guzzi’s much-loved 850 LeMans is one of history’s most beautiful motorcycles and was born, as so often is the case with great classics, on a racetrack. It was the 1971 Bol d’Or 24-hour at Le Mans, France, when a souped-up bored-out 750 Guzzi almost pulled off one of history’s greatest wins. Almost. After leading the race for ten hours, the Guzzi apparently broke a rocker. It wasn’t fatal, and the bike limped home to finish a very impressive third. It was enough. Moto Guzzi management gave the nod to an 850 sports bike, but it wasn’t until five years later that engineer Lino Tonti finally gave the world the 850 LeMans. The bike’s beautiful lines, glorious exhaust note, way-funky seat and teensy bikini fairing make the original LeMans unmistakeable even today. This bike of Mike’s looks to be a superb example. Learn more here.