Gregory Bender

Model identification - frame and engine numbers, special codes

Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, and 850 California Police models

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I extracted some of this information from Paul Linn, Ralf Brinkmann, and Greg Field on the Yahoo! Loopframe_Guzzi news group.

As is typical of Moto Guzzi, the following information is applicable to most models. However, it is likely there are exceptions.

V700

VIN on the frame of an V700 sold in Europe.
VIN on the frame of an V700 sold in Europe.

Photo courtesy of unknown.

VIN on the frame of an V700 sold in Europe.
VIN on the frame of an V700 sold in Europe.

Photo courtesy of unknown.

VIN on the frame of a V700 purchased in 1967 from Torello Tacchi's dealership in Chicago, USA.
VIN on the frame of a V700 purchased in 1967 from Torello Tacchi's dealership in Chicago, USA.

Photo courtesy of Mike Nicolai.

VIN on the engine of a V700 purchased in 1967 from Torello Tacchi's dealership in Chicago, USA.
VIN on the engine of a V700 purchased in 1967 from Torello Tacchi's dealership in Chicago, USA.

Photo courtesy of Mike Nicolai.

V7 Special and Ambassador

VIN on the frame of an A-Series Ambassador.
VIN on the frame of an A-Series Ambassador.

Photo courtesy of unknown.

VIN on the engine of an A-Series Ambassador.
VIN on the engine of an A-Series Ambassador.

Photo courtesy of Dave Curci.

VIN on the engine of an A-Series Ambassador.
VIN on the engine of an A-Series Ambassador.

Photo courtesy of unknown.

VIN on the frame of an A-Series Ambassador. The top line reads Motorcycle. The next line reads 12259. The bottom line reads DEC to the left then 1968 to the right.
VIN on the frame of an A-Series Ambassador. The top line reads Motorcycle. The next line reads 12259. The bottom line reads DEC to the left then 1968 to the right.

Photo courtesy of J.A. Brewster.

VIN on the frame of an Ambassador.
VIN on the frame of an Ambassador.

Photo courtesy of unknown.

VIN on the frame of an Ambassador.
VIN on the frame of an Ambassador.

Photo courtesy of unknown.

850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, and 850 California Police

VIN on the frame of an Eldorado.
VIN on the frame of an Eldorado.

Photo courtesy of unknown.

VIN on the frame of an Eldorado.
VIN on the frame of an Eldorado.

Photo courtesy of unknown.

VIN on the frame of an 850 GT.
VIN on the frame of an 850 GT.

Photo courtesy of unknown.

VP and star symbols stamped into engine cases

From Paul Linn:

The stars are there to prevent unscrupulous fellows from altering the numbers. The VP some believe stand for Version Polizia and I believe that all floorboard models came stamped with this designation.

VIN on engine block of an Eldorado with VP and star symbol.
VIN on engine block of an Eldorado with VP and star symbol.

Photo courtesy of Paul K.

Frame and Engine Numbers

From Ralf Brinkmann:

The leading two letters of the serial number on frame and engine block reflect the Guzzi model:

  • VS 00AA to VS 99SS: V7 700
  • VM 00AA to VM 25EP: V7 Special
  • VP 00AA to VP 58WH: 850 GT
  • VP 11111 to VP 16230: 850 GT California