The new Moto Guzzi V7 is what is often referred to as a ‘modern classic’ - a retro-styled machine that evokes the style of the 1970s but does so with a decidedly modern panache. In so doing, it pays homage to the many previous bikes using the Guzzi transverse V-twin engine that has served the Italian company so well for fifty years.

It is not surprising, therefore, that a new version of this 850cc engine is the focal point of the V7 and is the most modern power unit to come out of the factory from Mandello del Lario, by the side of Lake Como. As such, it has 25% more maximum power, going from the previous 52hp at 6200rpm to the current 65hp at 6800rpm. In addition, maximum torque has also been increased significantly with more than 80% of that pulling power coming in smoothly at 3000rpm. Even at that increased power output, however, this is no super sports machine – but nor was it ever intended to be. What it is must be obvious to anyone who sees it. The V7 is a smooth and stylish cruiser, whether in an urban environment or on the open road.

There is a definite aesthetic impact from the larger cylinder finning on the engine, which also stands out for its generously sized exhaust pipes that exit on each side of the bike and culminate in upswept mufflers These make for a dramatic view from the rear, a view which also highlights both the larger final drive shaft and the wider rear wheel, as well as the more robust pair of Kayaba shock absorbers that are angled well forward and provide more suspension travel. All these components are in the same positions as they would have been on 1970s machines but their increase in size is what helps give the new bike a totally modern look. From the large but lightweight front disc brake backwards to the tip of the shortened rear mudguard the Moto Guzzi’s visual appeal is the epitome of modern ‘retro’ style.

With three ant-virus vaccinations out there may be hope that, in spite of the current dire state of pandemic infections, things will be under control by the summer so that we can have more motorsport events and be allowed to attend them. In the hope that this is the case we will later this month by publishing a Newsletter full of info about classic motorsports schedules, concours event and all the other things that make life so interesting for us.

Well known vehicle designer ICON 4x4 recently unveiled its first Old School Edition Thriftmaster featuring a completely bespoke, fully customized 1950’s era truck. The incredibly detailed restoration is sure to appeal to collectors and enthusiasts alike. ICON 4x4’s newest hand-built Thriftmaster perfectly combines the original vehicle’s timeless bygone era styling with modern state-of-the-art engineering for the ultimate truck driving experience. The Old School Thriftmaster is the newest addition in a celebrated series of amazing ICON 4x4 Old School editions, which feature restored trucks imbued with the best of modern performance and engineering all with a distinctively retro look.

The ICON 4x4 Old School Edition Thriftmaster features an emissions-certified LS3 V8 engine producing 430 horsepower mated to a 4L85-E automatic transmission. Implementing independent front and rear suspension, this versatile truck is capable of hauling light loads while possessing the performance characteristics of a modern-day sports car. The result is an unforgettably timeless retro design that drives like nothing else out on the road today.

The ICON 4x4 Old School Edition Thriftmaster incorporates a stunning light vintage green two-tone paint job that is sure to make a statement. In true coach-built fashion, each exterior component of the Thriftmaster build was given significant attention. The stunning Old School style the truck presents is seamlessly continued throughout the interior with more period correct design with a distinctively ICON 4x4 twist.

ICON 4x4 retained the original vanilla-hue Thriftmaster dashboard to highlight the luxurious saddle leather seats, steering wheel, and roof. One of the many unique features of the truck is the Saint Francis badge located in the rear of the interior cabin. Among many things, Saint Francis is known as the patron saint of automobile drivers’ courtesy of a famous legend of how an angel used to light the oncoming road to keep her safe from hazards. The beautiful badge inside the Thriftmaster signifies safe travels for all, and ICON 4x4 sourced this valuable antique in London for the client. The Thriftmaster’s interior also incorporates custom leather to add an extra level of comfort and luxury to all passengers, including made-to-order matching green suede piping.

Other modern-day updates implemented into the vehicle include powerful ICON Brembo brakes that vastly improve the truck’s stopping power, as well as a sleek African teak bed, complemented with stainless rails and custom removable cargo hold down pins. A Bluetooth dependent audio system feeds crystal clear sound through a digital sound processor controlled by two design-era appropriate dash knobs, powerful new A/C unit and several further interior upgrades on the original components further add to the Thriftmaster’s mystique.

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