Nowadays, every manufacturer has got a retro-styled modern in the stable, but Moto Guzzi was one of the first to experiment with the concept in 1990. That’s when they humored the request of their German importer and released the 1000S, a rebirth-of-sorts of the 1975 750 S3. Produced for just 3 years, it did not sell well. However, the styling has held up and they’ve become serious collectibles with impressive resale values – the last one I featured sold for $15,000!
Over the four years of production, there were three different series. This is a Series 1, which means the 949cc v-twin engine produced 81 horsepower at the crank (72 at the rear wheel) and put it through a 5-speed transmission, good for a top speed of 128 miles per hour. The Series 1 also featured cast wheels, black paint with red details, black plastic dashboard, and a thicker seat than later generations (which also got spoked wheels, stainless steel dashboard, the option for green accents, and other changes). For more on this cool classic, check out this site dedicated to the 1000S. For more information about the difference between the three versions, check out this PDF from the same site.
This example has had just one owner and it’s said to be in perfect condition with a recently service that includes a new battery and replacement of all fluids. If you want the spoked wheels from later bikes, the seller has an original used set that he’s willing to sell separately. Find this 1000S for sale in the 4600 ZIP code in Austria for $11,990 or best offer here on Car and Classic.
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