1972 Moto Guzzi Eldorado 850

The Highlights


・Comprehensive restoration
・Strengthened crankcase
・5 speed gearbox
・Custom hand pin striping

The Background

The Eldorado was a decent size cruiser bike aimed at those who liked to fulfil long journeys. With its 850cc and claimed 65bhp it wasn’t going to rip your face off but was more than capable of getting down the road.
Its main rival, which competed for the Police contracts for the Harley Davidson FH was 1200cc and in the same region as BHP Eldorado but 800 pounds in weight so the Moto Guzzi 600 pounds felt almost nimble by comparison.

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The History

Originally an American market Eldorado, this particular motorcycle spent the first part of its life in New York City in a collection. Since then it has been the subject of a comprehensive and meticulous restoration, incorporating the best of period and modern materials , n.o.s parts , products and engineering to create a concours riders machine.

During the restoration the bike received many new or revived parts and over 300 hours of labour.

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The Paperwork

The bike comes with the necessary logbook and servicing documentation including receipts for the restoration.

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The Exterior 

FRAME

The main frame and all associated bracketry including any metal work has been powder coated gloss black.

TANK

First it was chemically stripped , then pressure tested and fully triple chrome plated. It has been epoxy lined, stand painted in period fine metal flake and hand silk screened logos with hand pinstriping to finish it off.

TINWARE

The tinware was stripped then painted black or red standox  and pinstripe as per the tank above so they match.

PANNIERS


Fitted are an incredibly rare set of n.o.s “Bates “ panniers with n.o.s chromed racks and hand once again fine hand pinstriping.

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The Mechanics 

Frame no. 054019
engine  no. VP 054019
This particular bike benefits from a strengthened crankcase and 5 speed gearbox. Also unique to this bike is a 4 leading shoe front brake from the V7 sport model; a common and very practical upgrade option in the stopping department.

The bike has undergone extensive work, including being stripped with every casting vapour blasted to factory finish and being assembled with new ‘Gilardoni" 950cc barrels and pistons. Among these items, the following has also been added

 - “HMB”41/ 36mm valves HMB D-8. 1 performance camshaft and valve train.
 - “Ram" clutch and lightened flywheel .
 - Full assembly and dynamically balanced by renowned motorsport company ‘“Andrews Precision”
 - New u/ js and balanced cardan shaft.
 - Every bearing and seal replaced in gearbox and bevel box.

The seller tell us that L"iterally every nut bolt , casting, removed, replated. polishedor replaced. From the spoke nipples to the crankshaft bearings, nothing has been left untouched."

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The Appeal

The Moto Guzzi Eldorado is a wonderful machine; it has all of the cruising ability of the big Harleys but in a lighter overall package and just as much style.

The Eldorado was specifically imported to the USA to challenge Harley's grip on the large police motorbike contracts and it succeeded in doing just that.

If you are a fan of the Eldorado then this example has to be one of the cleanest ones on the market, the pictures on this one really do all the talking.


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Auction Details
  • Year 1972
  • Make Moto Guzzi
  • Model Eldorado
  • Colour Red
  • Engine size 844
  • Seller Type Private
  • County Tyne and Wear
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
41 Bids
  • Ha•••• £13,000 10/08/21
  • ni•••• £12,750 10/08/21
  • Ha•••• £12,500 10/08/21
  • ni•••• £12,250 10/08/21
  • Ha•••• £12,000 10/08/21
  • Di•••• £11,750 10/08/21
  • ni•••• £11,500 10/08/21
  • Di•••• £11,250 10/08/21
  • ni•••• £11,000 10/08/21
  • Di•••• £10,750 10/08/21

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