1974 Laverda SFC 750cc STREET LEGAL PRODUCTION RACER Frame no. LAV.750C1.17145 Engine no. 17145

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1974 Laverda SFC 750cc STREET LEGAL PRODUCTION RACER
Frame no. LAV.750C1.17145 Engine no. 17145

US$ 50,000 - 60,000
€ 45,000 - 54,000
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1974 Laverda SFC 750cc STREET LEGAL PRODUCTION RACER

Frame no. LAV.750C1.17145
Engine no. 17145

• From the Asprey Collection
• Electric starter

Mention sporting Italian twins from the 1970s, and the Ducati 750SS springs to mind – rightfully so, the 'Green Frame' is an important motorcycle. There are those, however, who swear by a different machine, the Laverda 750 SFC. British columnist LJK Setright, never one to shy away from an opinion, reckoned the SFC had earned a "rightful place among the elite of the world's motorcycles." Backing up that claim, he offered that the Laverda had been "proven in the most punishing of long-distance races, it was fast, tireless and very well behaved, a machine of connoisseur quality."

Not much was known of Laverda when the company pulled the wraps of its SF roadster, powered by an inclined parallel-twin obviously influenced by Honda's 305cc overhead-cam Super Hawk. But the enlarged design proved its mettle in 1968 when Laverda entered four prototypes – two 650s and two 750s – in the prestigious Giro d'Italia, held on public roads. The results? Victory in the 650cc class, with all four bikes impressively placing in the top 10 overall. The Laverda family got its start making farm tractors so it reasons that their motorcycles were stoutly built

In 1971, Laverda shocked sensibilities with the blaringly orange 750 SFC, a thinly disguised production racer that proceeded to embarrass other makers in European endurance races of the day: 1-2 at Imola; 1-2 at Zeltweg; 1st and 4th at the 24 Hours of Oss; 1-2-3 at the 24 Hours of Barcelona; 2nd at the Bol d'Or; 1-2 at Modena, 1st at Vallelunga. Not a bad debut season!

SFCs were built in limited numbers, just 550 produced between 1971-76. This matching-numbers example is a North American-specification bike that has been nicely restored. It retains its U.S.-market Nippon Denso gauges, Jota bars, Japanese switchgear and left-side Sebring mirror, matched by another on the right. The 2-into-2 exhaust is one of two options available, although the mufflers would have been bright chrome and the headers flat chrome originally (now ceramic coated). This bike's early history is unknown until 1992 when it was sold by Big Boys Toys in Fort Worth, Texas. The current owner bought the SFC from a gentleman near Dallas in 2015 and then had Fort Worth wrenching luminary Perry Bushong bring it back on song, mileage at that time noted as 22,524mi.

This is a near-original-spec example of a very rare machine, Italy's 'other sporting twin,' that to many clued-in collectors matches the desirability of the iconic Ducati 750SS, and in at least one area does its contemporary rival one better – the SFC can burst into life with its electric starter!

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1974 Laverda SFC 750cc STREET LEGAL PRODUCTION RACER Frame no. LAV.750C1.17145 Engine no. 17145
1974 Laverda SFC 750cc STREET LEGAL PRODUCTION RACER Frame no. LAV.750C1.17145 Engine no. 17145
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