1931 Moto Guzzi GT 2VT Motorcycle
Make: Moto Guzzi
Type: 2VT 500 cc Single
Engine Power: 17 hp, 4200 rpm
Italian License Plate: Number 2415
Colors: Amaranth frame, fenders with amaranth and nickel fuel tank, gold pin-striping and chrome wheels.
History: Moto Guzzi Factory Certificate of Origin shows this matching numbers GT 2VT was built in 1931. It was restored by Italian marque specialists in 2013-14. Imported to California in 2015, it was then worked on in the Grand Prix Classics workshop with engine, cylinder head repairs, replated hardware and other detail work. Properly road tested. It was then displayed with eight other Moto Guzzis at The August Quail Motorsports Gathering showing the evolution of the Moto Guzzi 500 where the display won “The Spirit of The Quail” award for owner Mark Leonard. In 2016, the bike won an award at the May Quail Motorcycle Gathering. These awards clearly acknowledge this bikes excellence in design, technology, restoration and appeal.
Description: Only 167 GT 2VT were built, from 1931-34. An advanced bike for the day, it had the new sprung frame design perfected by Carlo and Giuseppe Guzzi. The pressed steel box containing the four springs in compression was an integral part of the structure.
The 2VT has a twin overhead valve engine with the two exposed valve springs and push rods. These bikes were often used in competition and are the rarest of the pre-war Moto Guzzi 500 singles. It was fitted with a saddle tank and had footrests. The rear part of the frame differed from the predecessor the GT (Norge) design. The kickstart is on the left side of the bike with the typical Moto Guzzi exposed flywheel and right-side tank mounted shift. The color scheme included two shades of amaranth red with black, with red and gold pin-striping.
Of Note: This is an example of design and engineering excellence of the Guzzi brothers in the pre-World War II era – it is stunning to look at and very rideable. The GT 2VT is an exceedingly rare find in the United States – especially in such fantastic condition!
Documents: Comes with Moto Guzzi Certificate of Origin, from the Moto Guzzi Archives at Mondello Del Lario and the old Italian Libretto, the Ministero dei Transporti registration booklet, the Automobile Club D’Italia certificate, old Italian license plate, the award letters from the Quail Motorsports Gathering and the Motorcycle Gathering.