1972 LAVERDA 750 SFC
THIS BIKE'S STORY
—By Tim Parker
Those of us who continue to research Moto Laverda’s history still argue over just how many 1972-series – sometimes referred to as the “10700 and 11000-series” – were built. This is the third of the five series of handmade 750 SFCs built between 1971 and 1976. The number manufactured is between 55 and 89 and with no factory records available, let’s say the number is “very few.”
Just how many are left is another debate…obviously a smaller number still.
This lovely example came recently from Italy, from long time Laverda specialist Moto Officina di Angelo Cleva of Spilimbergo, Pordenone (PN), about 90 miles through the Dolomite foothills from Berganze, Vicenza (VI) where the bike was originally manufactured.
It still carries Italian registration plate TO 397513 – TO for Turin – possibly where it spent its life until now. The first ownership record is 1986 when a Michele Lucente of Turin registered the bike, followed by a Gianluigi Meireno of Peveragno in Piedmont (west of Turin) in 1997, who also listed it with the Registro Laverda 750 SFC Italia. In 2016 it was in the hands of a Flavio Viola and then a year later a Fausto Marino.
1972 LAVERDA SFC DETAILS
- A well-cared for, restored as needed, numbers matching example that is close to original, and is in excellent running condition
- Ownership history back to 1986
- It carries the factory-option magnesio Ceriani 4-leading shoe front drum brake, with Laverda’s own rear drum
- 748cc, SOHC, parallel twin with a quoted 75 horsepower at 7,500rpm. 5-speed, right-side shift
- One of less than 90 third-series 750 SFCs manufactured, arguably the best series of this handmade, street-legal production racer
- Registered with the Automotoclub Storico Italiano (ASI) and carries plate # 13240
- The bike is located on the US East Coast; all taxes and duty paid and can be viewed by arrangement
The fairing for this series looked similar in shape but no longer had the upper reinforcing tubes. The headlight was now recessed to sit flush.
These early 750 SFCs were equipped only with a Smiths rev counter, no speedometer or odometer, and thus the mileage on this bike is not recorded.
However, given its current excellent condition and the lack of work needed to prepare it for sale, it’s most likely the mileage is under 10,000. It starts easily as it should – remember Laverda’s good sense in equipping their 750 twins with a top quality electric starter - and both idles and revs smoothly to red line. Music to my ear! Such was Laverda’s production quality, the SFC is straightforward to maintain, seldom if ever goes out of adjustment and is, to put it simply, an honest, no secrets, race bike for the street built in the original café racer spirit. If there is one word to define this 750 SFC, it’s “passion”. If two words, the other is “soul.”
Suffice to say, it’s a very rare model made all the more significant by its factory-option magnesium Ceriani front brake…Moto Laverda was not, in 1972, finished with the development of their own drum brake and so the handsome Ceriani drum was the best choice. Also, the 1972 SFC came with a pair of Amal 36mm Mark 1 Concentric carburetors, the Dell’Ortos, retrofitted to this bike, were not specified until the 1974 model year. And they clearly improve tractability.
In the spirit of full disclosure this excellent example is very, very close to being “concours correct”. To bring it back to “factory original” is an easy “replacement parts” move for any motivated buyer. Advice can be readily sourced – there is no factory parts list – you only have to ask..
PHOTS BY: JAMES TYLER REED
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