With dealer-installed factory Formula bodywork,1999 Laverda 750 S Frame no. ZLVSTA105X0001947 Engine no. 4ST-20783

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Lot 233
With dealer-installed factory Formula bodywork
1999 Laverda 750 S

Frame no. ZLVSTA105X0001947
Engine no. 4ST-20783

Sold for US$ 2,875 inc. premium
With dealer-installed factory Formula bodywork
1999 Laverda 750 S

Frame no. ZLVSTA105X0001947
Engine no. 4ST-20783

At the heart of Laverda's middleweight was a 496.7cc (72x61mm) four-stroke twin with the cylinders slanting 20 degrees from the vertical and dual, chain-driven, overhead camshafts. The intricately cast aluminum crankcases were split horizontally, Japanese-style. Moto Laverda SpA was following the trend for mid-size air-cooled, wet sump, parallel twins started by Ducati with their surprising attempts of the middle 1970s. Laverda began the design program in 1975, the first production bikes, the 500 Alpino (named Zeta in the USA), arriving in 1977, soon to be followed by a home market 350 (a 60mm bore with the 61mm stroke). There were a lot of Laverda "firsts" for this machine: 4-valves per cylinder, 6-speed gearbox, and a balancer shaft, perhaps, the most significant. Givens were electric start, lightweight, superb handling, and real brakes.

Quickly thereafter there were faster, more inspired versions that soon rocked lots of boats: The Formula 500 launched in March of 1978 and the Slater Brothers, the UK Laverda importers, "café racer" Montjuic. After 1984 it was all over, the world had moved on.

By 1984 Laverda itself was in trouble entering first "controlled administration" and then, in 1987, receivership to be re-launched as Nuova Moto Laverda in 1989. After little success, Gruppo Zanini took over in 1991. But in the midst of this circus they somehow managed to develop a 668cc (78.5x69mm) water-cooled, fuel injected twin based on the aforementioned 500/350 twin of the 1970s, designed by former Lamborghini engineer Angelo Ferrari and Lino Borghesan, longtime Laverda faithful. Their masterstroke was to install this new motor in an aluminum twin-spar frame – fuel tank in the seat - custom designed by famed Dutchman Nico Bakkar and add the best of equipment from Italy's component manufacturers. "The new 650 feels such a together motorcycle – brilliant," said Fast Bikes.

In October 1993, after Gruppo Zanini's departure, International I.Mo.La Moto Laverda SpA set up shop in Zane, a stone's throw from Breganze (Vicenza), Laverda's founding home. In 1999, Laverda stumbled again and was soon acquired by Aprilia (Piaggio) and the doors closed. The 1999 750 S, one of the last of the Zane Laverdas, had a healthy 82 horsepower mostly as a result of a thorough re-engineering by Antonio Calgaro.

This particular bike was purchased new by a John Peterson, a tech at Trackstar Motorsports, an urban "Italian" boutique motorcycle shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Formula fairing, tail section, bars and D&D Performance carbon cans soon replaced the S-type half fairing and seat and other stock parts. In 2004, Peterson sold the bike, with approximately 5500 miles on the odometer, to Minneapolis collector Terrance Fenne, who immediately stored it away. In April 2012 he sold it to a Dr. Robert Schroeder, who transported it to Ducati Minneapolis for them to re-commission. New tires on newly powder-coated wheels, exhaust headers were "hot coated", a tach rebuild, and a new battery/changing system, accompanied a complete service since which it has only covered 250 miles - most ridden by a Bonhams specialist with thousands of Laverda miles under his belt – and his verdict, "best Zane I have ever ridden".
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With dealer-installed factory Formula bodywork,1999 Laverda 750 S Frame no. ZLVSTA105X0001947 Engine no. 4ST-20783
With dealer-installed factory Formula bodywork,1999 Laverda 750 S Frame no. ZLVSTA105X0001947 Engine no. 4ST-20783
With dealer-installed factory Formula bodywork,1999 Laverda 750 S Frame no. ZLVSTA105X0001947 Engine no. 4ST-20783
With dealer-installed factory Formula bodywork,1999 Laverda 750 S Frame no. ZLVSTA105X0001947 Engine no. 4ST-20783
With dealer-installed factory Formula bodywork,1999 Laverda 750 S Frame no. ZLVSTA105X0001947 Engine no. 4ST-20783
With dealer-installed factory Formula bodywork,1999 Laverda 750 S Frame no. ZLVSTA105X0001947 Engine no. 4ST-20783
With dealer-installed factory Formula bodywork,1999 Laverda 750 S Frame no. ZLVSTA105X0001947 Engine no. 4ST-20783
With dealer-installed factory Formula bodywork,1999 Laverda 750 S Frame no. ZLVSTA105X0001947 Engine no. 4ST-20783
With dealer-installed factory Formula bodywork,1999 Laverda 750 S Frame no. ZLVSTA105X0001947 Engine no. 4ST-20783
With dealer-installed factory Formula bodywork,1999 Laverda 750 S Frame no. ZLVSTA105X0001947 Engine no. 4ST-20783
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