Post-Listing Update: Despite 39 bids getting up to $20,800, this Moto Guzzi Eldorado Police did not meet reserve.
The best selling model MG ever produced, the Eldorado has been a classic for decades. This Moto Guzzi Eldorado Police is an excellent example of MG’s pride and joy – though this is one of the many Police variants, which competed with Harley-Davidson for emergency service duty all across the country.
An excellent anecdote from Motorcycle Classics:
“There were some old-school officers who thought that if it wasn’t a Harley, it wasn’t a motorcycle,” Field says. “So Guzzi found some younger officers who had ridden British and European bikes during the Fifties and were eager to ride the Guzzis. And that really helped.”
As an indication of the importance of the LAPD in Moto Guzzi’s plans, the company sold its first two V700s to the department for $1 each. The strategy turned out to be brilliant: Besides selling thousands of motorcycles to law enforcement agencies in California, Georgia, Texas and other states, Moto Guzzi got free advertising on Los Angeles’ freeways.
“That was part of the whole plan: Touring riders would see these bikes on the highway and say, ‘Maybe that’s a viable long-range touring bike,'” Field says.
For more information, check out Rider Magazine’s retrospective on the Eldorado.
This specific Moto Guzzi Eldorado Police has enjoyed a claimed $36,000 restoration by Cycle Garden Moto Guzzi (sellers of the bike). Cycle Garden is well-known the MG community, and they rejuvenated this bike 3 years ago – since which only about 700 miles have been put on. It’s a matching numbers bike (VIN: 055116) and it comes with S&M large spotlights, a Cycle Garden reproduction seat, and the rare (and very desirable) B&M friction siren.
Find this Moto Guzzi Eldorado Police for sale in Huntington Beach, California with bidding up to $15,000 and the reserve not yet met