Bonhams | 16-Oct-2016 | The Autumn Stafford Sale Important Collectors Motorcycles | Venue : Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground
Category : Classic Motorcycles
Lot No. : 255
Year : 1987
Engine Size : -
Registration No. : D885 NBA
Chassis No. : # PS13487
Engine No. : # PS002489
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
To be sold without reserve

From their inception in 1920, Moto Guzzi were destined always to produce technically interesting motorcycles. Initially, and for many years, associated with their horizontal in-line, four stroke engines, they eventually added a v-twin model in 1933. The first transverse Guzzi shaft drive v-twin was the 700 V7 announced at the end of 1965. This was the beginning of the v-twin Guzzis as most people know them, and led to a range of differing sizes from 350 to 1400cc. The V35 was introduced in 1976, along with the V50, and ran until 1987. The V35 Imola was launched in 1979, as little more than a re-style, but was followed in 1984 by the Imola II which featured four-valve cylinder heads for the first time on a production model. The machine offered here is from the final year of production of the Imola II.
D885 NBA was purchased by the deceased owner in 1990 from White City Motorcycles (purchase invoice on file) and appears to have seen only limited use in his ownership. It displays an odometer reading of 25389 miles, but has been standing for a number of years, and will therefore require re-commissioning before further use by a new owner. Documentation comprises an old type V5, together with an owner's manual, service log, old MoT certificate, and the aforementioned purchase invoice.