1977 Moto Guzzi 850 T3 Le Mans Replica for Sale

1977 Moto Guzzi T3 Le Mans R Front

Oh look! A shiny Moto Guzzi Le…  Hmmmm…  What’s this?  It’s really a T3?  Moto Guzzi’s line of Lino Tonti-framed sports motorcycle stretches back to the original V7 Sport and includes the iconic LeMans models.  Less well-remembered are the T-models, with their slightly bland looks and very 70’s color palette.  But these bread-and-butter bikes, aside from their cheaper suspension components and slightly detuned engines, are basically built on the bones of their more exciting brothers.

1977 Moto Guzzi T3 Le Mans L Rear

I’ve mentioned before the interchangeability of parts for these bikes, how easy it is to recreate one of the more collectible Guzzis from a more pedestrian model, if one were so inclined and felt like hunting down the requisite parts. Replica fuel tanks, side panels, exhaust systems: everything is easily found online and relatively affordable.  A big-bore kit and a good mechanical freshening and you could have yourself a very authentic looking and performing classic without the “numbers matching” expense.

1977 Moto Guzzi T3 Le Mans Dash

I’ve been planning to do this myself, have the T3 all picked out and everything, and this one looks pretty much like what I’d…  Wow.  $8,000 Buy It Now?  That’s pretty steep.

From the original eBay listing: 1977 Moto Guzzi 850 T3 Le Mans for Sale

BASED ON A 1977 MOTO GUZZI 850  T3 THIS  850 SPORT/LEMANS CLONE .IS SUPER FUN BIKE TO  RIDE.  PULLS LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN GREAT EARLY PRODUCTION MATCHING #s 103002

  • CORBIN SEAT
  • TANK FENDERS & SIDE COVERS  ALL HAVE  FRESH PAINT
  • FRAME PAINT IN A MATTE BLACK
  • REBUILT  DELLORTO 30MM VHB
  • REBUILT TRANSMISSION (CHARLIE COLE)
  • NEWER TIRES
  • ALLOY WHEELS 
  • STAINLESS SPOKES 
  • LOW MILES
  • NEW BATTERY
  • REBUILT FRONT FORKS
  • NEW PROGRESSIVE  SHOCKS 
  • SCOTTS STEERING DAMPNER
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE LAFRANCONIA EXHAUST SYSTEM 
  • TAROZZI REARS SETS
  • TAROZZI CLIP-ONS
  • POLISHED TREES
  • REBUILT BREMBO BRAKE SYSTEM
  • STAINLESS STEEL BRAKE LINES (UNLINKED)
  • READY TO RIDE

1977 Moto Guzzi T3 Le Mans R Rear

I think his buy it now price is pretty optimistic, given the parts involved. It’s a really great-looking bike but I think the seller might have his/her sights set a bit too high. There are some pretty fire-breathing, hot-rod Guzzi’s out there with high-compression, big-valve 1000cc engines. One of those might be worth the nearly $8,000 “Buy It Now” price, but it feels a bit high for a “Le Mans Mock I.” Pricing for nice T’s is on the rise though, so I’ll be interested to see how the bidding goes on this one.

-tad

1977 Moto Guzzi T3 Le Mans L Engine

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7 Responses

  1. Aaron says:

    Already up to six grand with more than two days left to go… While I agree that that it is very easy to home-brew a LeMans or V7 Sport tribute bike, this pricing illustrates that the genuine articles are significantly underpriced. Bear in mind that there were only around 3,500 Sports produced. There are thousands of lesser Tonti-framed potential tribute donors out there. The V7 Sport you featured a few weeks ago went for around $9,500. If this tribute gets close the $8k mark, that Sport is going to look like the bargain of the century. Looks like the V7 Sport and genuine LM1’s are finally going to get some marketplace respect.

  2. Trey says:

    That seat is horrendous!!!

  3. Phil says:

    you do know the only difference between a LM and a T3 is high comp pistons, bigger valves and bigger carbs ? Frames ,cases, shocks,brakes, gearing – everything else is the same.

  4. Aaron says:

    Phil points out the beauty of Tonti-framed Guzzis. It is super easy to build something good looking and fun. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a fake LM1 or V7 Sport. The same can be said for the BWM R90S, or a Warhol for that matter. But a great fake is still a fake.

  5. Aaron says:

    And…SOLD at $7,100.

  6. This product was pretty orange for me. I blended tons but color was still to dark in a bronze tone.

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