Whether the American distributors Joseph and Michael Berliner similarly influenced Guzzi’s management to build the V7 or whether they simply recognized the potential of the big bike (the more likely reality) is moot. Whichever way it happened, the police versions of the 750cc Ambassador of 1970 and the 1972 850 Eldorado sold to U.S. police forces at a rate of up to 5,000 a year.
To create the V7, Carcano mated the Mulo engine to a 4-speed transmission through a dry single-plate, engine-speed clutch with final drive by a shaft that made up one fork of the swingarm rear suspension. The powertrain slotted into what has since become known as the “loop frame,” a dual-downtube structure that cradled the big twin, its lower tubes running alongside the oil pan. Electric power was provided by a car-style alternator sitting between the cylinders and driven from the crankshaft by a belt. Spoked wheels with drum brakes completed the specification. The V7’s styling was certainly intended to satisfy American tastes, with deeply valanced fenders, crash bars and a handsome, cast-alloy speedometer housing. With 50 horsepower and a dry weight of 500 pounds, it was comfortably inside the performance envelope of its U.S. competition, and sold well. As Guzzi aficionados’ T-shirts proclaimed, it was a V-twin “done right.”
This beauty is completely stock and is being sold by its third owner. It is an older restoration by a previous owner, including rebuilt engine and transmission, new clutch, tires, exhaust, crash bars, etc. Currently it is on a collector plate and has just 16,284 miles on the clock. Includes factory workshop manual.
The bike is located in Brentwood Bay, BC. Crating and shipping can be arranged at buyers expense.