Moto Guzzi is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer and the oldest European manufacturer in continuous motorcycle production.
Established in 1921 in Mandello del Lario, Italy, the company is noted for its historic role in Italy's motorcycling manufacture, its prominence worldwide in motorcycle racing, and industry innovations—including the first motorcycle centre stand, wind tunnel and eight-cylinder engine.
Moto Guzzi was conceived by two aircraft pilots and their mechanic serving in the Corpo Aeronautico Militare (the Italian Air Corp, CAM) during World War I: Giorgio Parodi, Giovanni Ravelli and Carlo Guzzi. Assigned to the same Miraglia Squadron based outside Venice, the three became close, despite coming from different socio-economic backgrounds. They envisaged creating a motorcycle company after the war.
The GTS model was built parallel to the Sport 15 from 1934 to 1940. The motorcycle was equipped with the Sport 15 engine and a newly developed 4-speed gearbox. The designation GT indicates that the motorcycle was made with rear suspension. The “S” model, on the other hand, was still rigid at the rear.
We acquired our GTS 500 from Pietro Di Marino who owns the most renowned classic Italian motorcycle workshop in the country - Motori Di Marino. Pietro spent months producing this nut and bolt, concourse level restoration of the bike nicknamed the “bologna slicer” or “bacon slicer” on account of the large flywheel on the outside of the engine.
A gorgeous and immaculate example of the pre-war Italian Classic.
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