Post Listing Update: Despite 20 bids up to $17,000, this Telaio Rosso did not meet reserve.
When Tonti took the V7 and somehow created one of the most beautiful sportbikes of all time, the plan was to build at least 100 pre-production bikes to homologate the V7 Sport for racing with FIM. According to Ian Faloon’s “The Moto Guzzi Sport & Le Mans Bible”, 104 were built in 1971 and a total of 150 were built in all (though there is some confusion about that final number). Either way, the Telaio Rosso bikes got some unique parts and extra care in assembly – these bikes were hand built and are extremely special.
Differences include the obvious cosmetic changes as well as engine components, transmission components, and more – click here for a preview of Falloon’s book with a list of all the changes. Most TRs were sold in Italy, but a few made it to other countries. In Britain it had a MSRP of 1,350 pounds, making it the most expensive motorcycle in the country.
This example (VIN: VK11213) is number 102 of the 150 and it has approximately 20,000 miles. According to the seller, it was sold in 1972 and received a replaced gearbox from the factory. After being restored, it lived as a display bike in a Guzzi dealership. With a bike this rare, the sale price can be difficult to estimate. It if helps, another example sold at Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale for $27,481 back in April.
Find this rare Guzzi for sale in Italy with bidding up to $10,100 and the reserve not yet met