In 1931, Moto Guzzi launched the successor to its legendary Norge G.T. 500—the GT16. Just like the Norge, the mannequin featured a horizontally oriented single with a 498cc displacement. Nonetheless, Guzzi engineers derived engine and chassis development from the agency’s aptly named Sport 15. That package deal included a sprung body perfected by Carlo and Giuseppe Guzzi together with an uncovered flywheel, valve springs, and pushrods (Guzzi hallmarks of the time).
Regardless of that mix of contemporary and acquainted, the Mandello Del Lario manufacturing facility solely produced 754 GT16 examples between 1931 and 1934. That short-lived manufacturing run solely makes the mannequin that rather more coveted right this moment, particularly in america. These elements solely contributed to 1 pristine 1934 Moto Guzzi GT16 commanding $27,250 in a Convey a Trailer on-line public sale on April 19, 2023.
The bought unit bears the body quantity 1828 and the engine quantity 21312. Restored in 2013-2014, the GT16 made its technique to California in 2015. The unit has remained a shining instance of a Pre-war period Moto Guzzi ever since, showcased within the Moto Guzzi 500 show on the 2015 Quail Motorsports Gathering and profitable the Chad McQueen Award on the 2016 Associates of Steve McQueen Automotive and Motorbike Present. As a coveted collector’s merchandise, the GT16 hasn’t been titled or registered within the U.S. Consequently, it was bought with its Moto Guzzi Certificates of Origin and Italian Libretto.
Only one have a look at the fetching Goose and it is easy to see why it fetched $27,250. From the two-tone Amaranth and chrome livery to the baloney-slicer flywheel, from the low-mounted, Guzzi-stamped, chrome exhaust to the wind-blocking leg shields, the GT16 is each fairly and sensible. In fact, the double-sprung Aquila Continentale solo leather-based saddle and girder fork solely add to the classic appeal.
The restorers left no stone, or wheel, unturned both, with the chrome rims that includes black-painted facilities and Amaranth pinstriping. The GT16 sends these wheels spinning with a tank-mounted hand shifter (proper aspect), a three-speed transmission, and a remaining drive chain. Shelling out $27,250 could look like some huge cash for a 13.2-horsepower motorbike, however when it’s such a pivotal a part of Moto Guzzi’s wealthy historical past, that worth additionally looks as if a steal.