Preserved Exotic: 215-Mile 1973 Laverda 750 SF1

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This 1973 Laverda 750 SF1 is reportedly an unrestored survivor with just 215 original miles. The SF1 was one of Laverda’s esteemed SFC series machines, a name which stood for Super Freni Competizione (freni means brakes in Italian), referring to the gigantic leading shoe drums seen here in photos. Moto Laverda designed the bike with other impressive tech, including its 744cc ohc air-cooled parallel twin and race-bred suspension, setting a high standard for this generation of street-legal sport bikes. The SFs were real jewels in the legendary, now-defunct brand’s lineup, and preserved examples are now far and few between. Find this one here on eBay in Melbourne, Australia with a $28,500 AUD (~$20,230 USD) starting bid and no further reserve. According to the seller this bike has been affectionately watched over since new: “The bike belonged to a collector who kept it a warehouse along with 150 others and when he died another collector purchased it and kept it in his living room. The second owner turned the bike over every month to ensure it was kept in perfect condition.”  The seller also also adds that the bike is running well, and says that its only sign of use or age are a few small marks on the tank left behind by the first owner. Massimo Laverda is one of the key figures behind the SF line, and today his legacy is held in very high regards within the world of high-performance Italian bikes. Massimo always advocated for racing, and ensured that it would be a focal point of the company’s identity. This view was very much aligned with the mantra “win on Sunday, sell on Monday.” It worked too, for a time, with much of the company’s showroom success attributable to success on the track through the 1960’s and 70’s, though the encroaching dominance of the so-called UJM marked a slow decline from the 1980’s through to 2004 when the company was absorbed by Piaggio. This SF1 sounds to be unusually well preserved, but unfortunately only two so-so photos are provided in support of claims of originality and very limited use. Here’s what the musical 744cc twin should sound like, itself a detuned version of the motor that churned out endless wins for Laverda during the 1970’s.

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