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.
Here’s 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.
This example has approximately 46k miles and the seller states that “everything works as it should.” It has a few key modifications, including a Gilardoni 850 kit, repainted fenders, and a recent service that included a new clutch, flywheel, and rocker shafts, as well as rebuilt carbs and an oil change. Police parts include the siren, bags, crash bars, police lights (replaced with amber lenses), and radio (but only with a speaker inside). It’s got an aftermarket seat, and it’s all rounded off with a box of spare parts.
Find this Police Eldorado for sale in Westminster, Colorado for $9,000 here on Craigslist.
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