Lot 111A: Moto Guzzi 500 C2V
The Moto Guzzi C2V was the first Moto Guzzi bike that was sold to privateers. Only 486 examples were made, out of which 20 were coloured red, this distinguished the works bikes from the ones sold to privateers. The C2V raced until 1936 and won everything that could be won at the time. The engine developed 32 hp at 5500 rpm managing a maximum speed of 140 km/h. This bike has, in the lower part of the frame, metal plates welded directly to the two tubes that descend from the steering head, this is important as the bikes sold to privateers had the same metal plates bolted and not welded. This type of very strong chassis was also used for the 500 4 valve model, known as C4V.Other distinctive features include the oil tank which is moved above the fuel tank and has double capacity compared to standard tanks, this is to improve the lubrication especially in long distance racing, as the engine has a dry sump. One extremely unusual feature is the bronze head, a peculiarity of this bike, permitting the fitting of larger diameter valves.This fine example comes with documentation from Moto Guzzi confirming its authenticity and also copies of the original sale documents to its first owner. The bike now resides with a former Guzzi dealer who undertook to restore the bike to its former glory.It is not very often a Moto Guzzi of this calibre comes on the market and thus provides the collector with an excellent opportunity to become part of Moto Guzzi history.
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Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
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