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1976 Moto Guzzi Le Mans

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  • Highly original UK supplied early Le Mans
  • Restored to a fantastic standard during current ownership, while preserving much of its original paint
  • Benefits from several discreet mechanical upgrades and a recent service

The Appeal

After the Honda CB750 was officially proclaimed a ‘superbike’, rival manufacturers were quick to follow suit, and in typically Italian fashion, Moto Guzzi’s offering was to be a strong contender for the most stylish superbike of the 1970s and ‘80s. With styling that combined rakishness with muscularity, it certainly looked the part and customers soon found that its 850 cc transverse V-twin and smooth shaft drive configuration made for an unequivocally fine riding experience.

We’re delighted to offer this commendably original and well restored early example which was supplied brand new to the UK in 1976. Still displaying original paint on its fuel tank and bodywork, it has clearly been well looked after over the years and the recent sympathetic restoration has ensured it will continue to grace the roads for many years to come. A few subtle mechanical upgrades have also been carried out using components from leading performance specialist sincluding Koni, Strohl and Agostini.

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to add an early and well sorted Moto Guzzi Le Mans to your collection.

The History and Paperwork

  • Registered as new in UK on 20/08/76 
  • Sold new by Coburn & Hughes UK
  • Six previous owners
  • In present ownership since April 2021
  • Sympathetically restored in present ownership
  • Recently serviced
  • Confirmed by Moto Guzzi experts to be a matching numbers example
  • Exempt from road tax and MOT testing
  • Recent dyno sheet to demonstrate the its still makes its factory horsepower

The Condition

  • Original paintwork to the fuel tank and bodywork in really good condition
  • Original badging seemingly complete and all presenting well
  • The frame and frame hangers were powder coated in black during the restoration
  • SS frame nuts and bolts
  • Original switchgear and rare Moto Guzzi eagle emblem on tacometer as well as the speedometer
  • New OEM seat fitted and the original seat (still in good condition) set aside and included
  • New Agostini rear sets, with original foot-pegs and mounts included in the sale
  • Fabulous alloy wheels in lovely condition
  • We understand all the lights and indicators to be in good working order
  • Barely any wear to the paint, seat upholstery or controls

The Mechanics 

  • 850 cc four-stroke transverse V-twin
  • Five-speed gearbox
  • Shaft drive
  • Deep sump oil pan
  • Koni shocks 
  • Air forks
  • Strohl oil sump plug for quick oil changes
  • Mistral exhaust in ‘as new’ condition
  • Recently serviced with all fluids, oil filter including forks, gearbox and final drive (Castrol fluids) 
  • New Nippon Denso spark plugs fitted
  • Reportedly in excellent mechanical order, with no faults to report
  • The vendor demonstrates that it starts readily, runs well and sounds magnificent
  • All engine casings present very well indeed


Sympathetically restored while respecting its impressive originality, this is amongst the smartest Moto Guzzi Le Mans you’re likely to find. It’s one of our favourite classic bikes and we’re sure this one will be much coveted by enthusiasts the world over.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1976
  • Make Moto Guzzi
  • Model LE Mans 850
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 28,238 Miles
  • Engine size 850
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Blowxham
  • Location Oxfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom

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