1959 Moto Guzzi Lodola Gran Turismo 235

SOLD FOR: $3,250

Seller accepted post-auction offer.

Sold on August 14, 2023

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With a history of innovation and unconventional motorcycles dating back to the early 1920’s, Moto Guzzi had long been a name that attracted an air of quality and design in the motorcycle industry. By 1950, Moto Guzzi had introduced models such as the Normale, the iconic Falcone, and the Lodola. Looking to build off the success of the compact 175cc Lodola, Moto Guzzi introduced the Lodola ‘Gran Turismo’.

The lightweight motorcycle was built to compete with cheaper bikes in the market, coming with a more reliable 235cc OHV engine that bumped the power output to a whopping 11hp at 6,000 RPM. Popular as a simple commuter and light tourer, the Gran Turismo kept Moto Guzzi in the game after World War II, staying in production all the way through 1965.

This example is VIN: R79GF. The seller acquired this motorcycle from their father two years ago.

The odometer shows 18,537 kilometers (11,518 miles).

The seller states they have performed basic maintenance to keep the motorcycle running. That service has included changing the oil, cleaning the carburetor, checking valves, and replacing the tires.

The seller notes that the crankcase appears to not be ‘oil-tight’, and after running for a period of time to expect oil to seep out. They also state the front brake is not ‘particularly strong’.

The seller states they have replaced the original air filters with pod air filters.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on IRC tires with date codes of 4518 and 1120.

The sale includes one key.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

Currently located Santa Barbara, this Moto Guzzi is offered on a clean California title. Per the DMV, it will be $158 to renew the registration through to November of 2023.

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Additional Information


Santa Barbara, California




Moto Guzzi


Ladola Gran Turismo







Title State/Country


Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges


Total Bids Placed: 7

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: DoubleHelix200

After the auction ended, the seller accepted an offer of $3,250 including buyer fees.

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
DoubleHelix200 July 27, 2023 2:51 pm PDT $1,600
lsu_biker July 27, 2023 2:51 pm PDT $1,500 Auto
lsu_biker July 27, 2023 2:50 pm PDT $1,300 Auto
Hoylemoto July 27, 2023 2:50 pm PDT $1,200
lsu_biker July 21, 2023 6:01 pm PDT $1,100
mauricedonini July 21, 2023 6:01 pm PDT $1,000 Auto
mauricedonini July 21, 2023 8:33 am PDT $1
Auction started July 20, 2023 10:37 am PDT
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