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All vehicles manufactured by Moto Guzzi were distinguishable. This model is not an exception. In 1934, Guzzi has started manufacturing of the V model, the most typical model in the 500 cc class. Once the V was equipped with a compliant suspension for the rear wheel, it got the GTV name (Gran Turismo V). Before the war, the GTV had a double exhaust pipe and was painted into dark red. The followers had a single exhaust pipe and were painted into shiny red. It was an innovative model for Moto Guzzi because of the higher performance compared to the previous models and rounded forms & lines. The very first GTV had been manufacturing in several versions until 1947 when it was equipped with a telescopic saddle portion. Last revisions of the V engine were used in Astore and Falcone models (the latter had been manufacturing till 1967). In total, the V engine has been used for more than 30 years, which proves its efficiency & innovativeness.

Moto Guzzi GTV 500 had a horizontal cylinder, a big diameter external flywheel, overhead valve train and a spring rear wheel suspension (suspension springs were located under the engine).

Manufacturer Societa Antonima Moto Guzzi, Mandello del Lario, Italy
Years of manufacture 1934 – 1949
Quantity produced, units 2 119
Price N/A
Today’s value N/A
Тип Single cylinder, OHV, 4 stroke with 2 valves
Engine capacity, cc 498,4
Bore and stroke, mm 88 x 82
Engine rating 18,9 hp at 4300 rpm
Sparking Magneto Bosch
Carburetor Amal or Dell’Orto MD 27 mm
Battery 6V
Clutch Multiple-plate, dry
Transmission 4-speed
Frame type Duplex tubular
Front suspension Parallelogram with friction damper
Rear suspension Pendulum gear
Brakes Drum type
Wheel size 19 x 2,50
Length, mm
2 200*
Width, mm
Height, mm
1 060*
Wheelbase, mm
1 400
Ground clearance, mm
Seat height, mm
Mass, kg
Gas tank size, l
Maximum speed, km/h
Range, km

* – Data on the results of the measurement at the exhibit of “Motorworld by V.Sheyanov”.