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Lot 3

2019   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2019

1951 Moto Guzzi Falcone

SOLD $22,400

Estimate

$25,000 - $35,000| Without Reserve

Engine

92043 | Frame No. 28718

Car Highlights

Incredibly Well-Preserved and Stunning Example
Interesting Mechanical Features
Rare, Early Series Falcone
Represents Important Chapter in Moto Guzzi History
Report by Marque Expert Ian Falloon Included

Technical Specs

498 CC DOHC Single-Cylinder Engine
Single Dell’Orto Carburetor
23 BHP at 4,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
Mechanical Drum Brakes
Front Hydraulic Fork Suspension
Rear Swing-Arm Suspension with Friction Dampers

Saleroom Addendum

Please note that this vehicle is titled by its engine number as F92043.

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Introduced in 1950, the Moto Guzzi Falcone boasted a number of interesting engineering features. Highlights included dual overhead cam valve operation, which allowed higher engine speed than the era’s more typical overhead valve layout. There was also an external flywheel nicknamed the “bologna slicer,” while the suspension featured an “upside-down” front fork and hidden rear springs with adjustable dampers. A sprightly 500 cc single, the Falcone was considered a sporting motorbike in its day. Its lightweight, horizontal engine layout provided a low center of gravity, giving it quick reflexes, along with a hunkered-down attitude while cornering.

As Ian Falloon, a noted marque expert, opines in his accompanying report, the 1951 Falcone offered here is an “extremely original” example and represents one of just 812 of the first-series Falcones made. In addition to chrome accents on the gas and oil tanks, these early Falcones featured manual advance/retard control over the ignition timing. Radiant in its bright red paint and gleaming chrome, the incredible originality of this Guzzi extends even to the engine decals, fishtail muffler, and rider and passenger seats.

Indeed, Falloon pronounced this motorbike “one of the finest early Falcones I have ever seen.” Whether on a show field or darting briskly along a country road, this beautiful Moto Guzzi Falcone is poised to bring joy to its next fortunate owner.