Bonhams : 1975 Laverda 750SFC Elettronica Frame no. LAV.750C1*18320* Engine no. 750*18320*
1975 Laverda 750SFC Elettronica Frame no. LAV.750C1*18320* Engine no. 750*18320*

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Lot 22
1975 Laverda 750SFC Elettronica

Sold for £ 41,400 (US$ 52,238) inc. premium
1975 Laverda 750SFC Elettronica
Registration no. SFJ 162N
Frame no. LAV.750C1*18320*
Engine no. 750*18320*
• Ultra-rare production racer
• Imported from Italy in 2016
• One UK private owner

'Thus impetuously and unquestionably, the 750 Laverda took its rightful place among the élite of the world's motor cycles. Designed as a highway express, and proven in the most punishing of long-distance races, it was fast, tireless and very well behaved, a machine of connoisseur quality.' - L J K Setright, On Two Wheels.

Founded in 1873, Laverda started out making farm machinery, only turning to motorcycle manufacture in the immediate aftermath of WW2. Its first product, the 75cc Motoleggera (lightweight motorcycle) helped meet the unprecedented upsurge in demand for basic motorised transport, and modified versions were soon winning their class in the long-distance road races popular at the time. Lightweights, scooters and mopeds continued to form the mainstay of Laverda production up to the late 1960s when the small Italian concern, hitherto little known outside its home country, astonished the motorcycling world by introducing a 650cc parallel twin. Launched in 1968, the latter was a controversial design, appearing to have been closely based on the Honda CB72 and CB77 twins. After fewer than 100 had been made the engine was taken out to 750cc and a team of 650 and 750 Laverdas duly walked away with the 1968 Giro d'Italia. That first 750GT touring model spawned the 750SF sports roadster in 1971. 'SF' stood for Syper Freni (super brakes) and marked a switch from Grimeca stoppers to Laverda's own superior drum brakes. Introduced at the same time was the 750SFC - Super Freni Competizione - a thinly disguised racer that soon came to dominate the endurance races of the day. Built in strictly limited numbers - only 549 were produced in five batches between 1971 and 1976 - the 750SFC production racer is today one of the most collectible of Laverda's early twins and thus highly sought after.

The matching-numbers 750SFC we offer was imported by Made in Italy Motorcycles and first registered in the UK on 1st February 2016, passing into the current vendor's ownership the following day. The machine is offered with an ASI identity certificate, SORN paperwork, a V5C document, and an instruction manual (in Italian).

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1975 Laverda 750SFC Elettronica Frame no. LAV.750C1*18320* Engine no. 750*18320*
1975 Laverda 750SFC Elettronica Frame no. LAV.750C1*18320* Engine no. 750*18320*
1975 Laverda 750SFC Elettronica Frame no. LAV.750C1*18320* Engine no. 750*18320*
1975 Laverda 750SFC Elettronica Frame no. LAV.750C1*18320* Engine no. 750*18320*
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