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1978 Moto Guzzi 850 LM1

Fully Restored, LeMans

$18,800

Harry's Thoughts

This is a fully restored LM1 that is incredibly rare and desirable. This is a terrific compliment to an Italian auto collection.

THE ESSENTIALS

This is a fully restored 1978 Moto Guzzi LM1 that is in nearly showroom new condition today.   The LeMans editions were highly coveted when new and are incredibly rare today.  Described by “Bike” magazine as “the sleekest, horniest thing you’ve ever seen on two wheels,” the sensational Le Mans delivered 130-plus MPH performance. It worked well on the racetrack too, with the Le Mans-mounted Roy Armstrong emerging as the overall winner in the 1977 Avon Production Championship.  The LM1 was essentially Moto Guzzis first attempt at making a cafe racer.

Bill Haylock of “Bike” magazine wrote a glowing review of Moto Guzzi’s Le Mans in the August 1976 issue of the magazine: “The Le Mans just looks so goddam beautiful that if I was rich enough I’d buy two of them—one to ride and one just to stand in the living room to admire as an object d’art. It represents the ultimate in motorcycle styling as an art form—the synthesis between engineering and aesthetics in which the Italians are supreme.”  We love the alloy wheels, shaft drive and semi-gloss black exhausts as well as the funky 70’s embossed seating, all correct and exactly as they were sold when new.  This example even has the correct LM1 orange “safety stripe” on the fairing.

This particular LM1 is owned by a good client and friend of ours who purchased it and then commissioned the restoration by David Brown of DB Cycles in Lima, NY.  It was restored in January, 2016 and then decommissioned to be added to his substantial collection of Porsche motorcars and vintage bikes.  The LM1 is showing 14,705 miles on the odometer but has just a handful of miles since its complete restoration.  It had been owned since July 16, 1989 by Cari B Comart of Woodside, NY until acquired by Mr. Brown.

The heart of the LM1 is the 90 degree V twin that is still a hallmark of the bikes produced in Mandello del Lario.  The dual front cross-drilled rotors help ensure adequate stopping power.

VIN and Engine No.: VE076936

For more information and details, please call, text or email Harry Clark at +1.602.245.7200 or sales@classicpromenade.com.  The LM1 is available for viewing at our Phoenix showroom.

1978 Moto Guzzi 850 LM1

$18,800

PRIVATE SALE STATUS
SELLER NAME
LOCATION USA
VIEWS 323

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1978 Moto Guzzi 850 LM1
1978 Moto Guzzi 850 LM1

$18,800

VIN VE76936
BODY STYLE Motorcycle
FUEL Gasoline
MILES 14705
INT COLOR Black
EXT COLOR Red
YEAR 1978
LOCATION Phoenix, AZ
PRIVATE SALE STATUS
SELLER
VIEWS 323

Moto Guzzi

Moto Guzzi is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer and the oldest European manufacturer in continuous motorcycle production. Established in 1921 in Mandello del Lario, Italy, the company is noted for its historic role in Italy's motorcycling manufacture, its prominence worldwide in motorcycle racing, and industry innovations—including the first motorcycle centre stand, wind tunnel and eight-cylinder engine.…
Moto Guzzi is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer and the oldest European manufacturer in continuous motorcycle production. Established in 1921 in Mandello del Lario, Italy, the company is noted for its historic role in Italy's motorcycling manufacture, its prominence worldwide in motorcycle racing, and industry innovations—including the first motorcycle centre stand, wind tunnel and eight-cylinder engine. Since 2004, Moto Guzzi has been an unico azionista, a wholly owned subsidiary, and one of seven brands owned by Piaggio & C. SpA, Europe's largest motorcycle manufacturer and the world's fourth largest motorcycle manufacturer by unit sales. The company's motorcycles are noted for their air-cooled 90° V-twin engines with a longitudinal crankshaft orientation where the engines' transverse cylinder heads project prominently on either side of the motorcycle.

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