Introduced in 1974, the Moto Guzzi 850-T owed more to the V7 Sport and 750S models than it did to Guzzi’s contemporary tourers, boasting the former’s frame and suspension and the latter’s ‘hot’ camshaft which it shared with the later Le Mans. Weighing slightly less than the 750S but with the same power (53bhp) and greater torque, the 850-T had a good power-to-weight ratio and could justifiably claim to be one of the better sports-tourers of its day. Effectively an ‘interim’ model, it was replaced in 1975 by the triple-disc-braked 850-T3.
This was followed in 1983 by the 850 T5 which had sportier styling and a bikini fairing which offered little protection. In common with the new V35 and V50 models, the cylinder fins were squared off to give a more modern appearance while the 16-inch cast wheels were down to five spokes from six and the suspension was air-assisted. The 850 T5 NT (Nuova T) appeared at the end of ’84 with 18-inch wheels, a redesigned fairing and a bigger 26-litre tank.
The 850 T5 PA (Pubblica Amministrazione) version was used by various braches of the Italian Police and Carabinieri from 1985. The T5 PA was similar to the T5 NT, but with a much larger handlebar-mounted fairing, crashbars, panniers and a single seat. The fairing was modified yet again for 1986, but if speed was of the essence then the screen and panniers were removed thus increasing the 850’s top speed from 106 to 118mph.
This Guzzi T5 PA is presented in its original ‘polizia-blue’ paint scheme and in original unrestored condition. With a little over 13,000kms (8,000 miles) recorded it comes to sale with its Italian Libretto (registration booklet).