1979 Laverda 497cc Montjuic Mk1
Registration no. JLF 244V
Frame no. 2688
Engine no. 2688
In 1978 a Laverda Formula 500 racer was imported by the UK Laverda concessionaire, Roger Slater, the man largely responsible for the Jota, who believed that a 'civilised' café racer had greater sales potential than the rather lacklustre and expensive Alpino from which the Formula 500 had been derived. Slater retained the stock Alpino fuel tank but equipped his new baby with a bikini fairing and solo racing seat manufactured in the UK by Screen & Plastics. Finished in 'Jota Orange', the new model was named 'Montjuic' in honour of Laverda's race victories at the eponymous Spanish circuit, while a loud, matt black, megaphone exhaust system further enhanced the racing connection. Focused on performance to the exclusion of almost everything else, the Montjuic was defiantly 'hard core' at a time when motorcycles were becoming ever more refined. No wonder it was so popular.
This modified Montujic was acquired in September 2007 by the current vendor, who advises us that the modifications were made over a period commencing in the late 1980s. The rear suspension has been converted to mono-shock configuration, the engine bored out to 544cc capacity, and many other upgrades incorporated into this unique machine. Described by the private vendor as in generally excellent condition, this iconic Italian sports roadster is offered with current MoT, Swansea V5C document and many expired MoT certificates and bills detailing the work carried out.
- Frame number of this machine is: LAV.500.2688