1974 Laverda 750cc SFC

1974 Laverda 750cc SFC

‘Right from its first competition appearances (1971), the SFC proved its worth, winning the Vallelunga 500 km, the Oss 24 hours in Holland, Zeltweg in Austria and the Barcelona 24 hours. It was a sturdy, easy-to-maintain racing bike suited in every way to private riders. Laverda: The Story of a Passion, Bruno Tamiello/Paolo Palma (PPS Editore, 1997.)

A simultaneous co-development of the 750 ‘Honda lookalike’ single overhead cam, 360-degree, over square (80mm bore x 74mm stroke) parallel twin, street bike, the SFC – Super Freni Competizione (freni is Italian for brakes) – was a handmade, batch production, street legal race bike. Built between 1971 and 1976 in Breganze, in the Italian Dolomite foothills, Moto Laverda produced only 550 odd examples of this stunningly beautiful machine designed to compete in Formula 750 and endurance races, and it was astonishingly successful.

Two of the most significant updates for 1974 were the pair of Dell’Orto PHB 36 carburetors, without accelerator pumps, and twin-bleed Brembo F08 calipers with twin front discs, and a single rear disc on an Elektron hub. A racing two-into-one megaphone (as on this example) accentuated the lean race replica profile, and the claimed power for the 1974 750 SFC was 75 horsepower at 7,500 rpm. The right-side gear shift remained as did Borrani rims and Ceriani suspension front and back. All 550 examples came in bright orange!

The motorbike offered

This matching numbers 1974 Laverda SFC comes from from a very discerning collector of some very interesting and historically significant motorcycles. He started with an ex-racebike, delivered in boxes, complete but in need of the full ground-up treatment. He approached marque expert, Scott Potter, to take on the project with the remit to restore everything to the very highest and exacting standards. Initial research from the factory records and outside experts, including Laverda guru, Marnix van der Schalk, found the bike to be perfectly correct, so an excellent basis for restoration.

This 1974-batch SFC is a North American specification bike, meaning Nippon Denso gauges, Tommaselli Jota-style bars, ND Suzuki-style switches, indicators and a Sebring mirror, the latter removed from this machine. It left the factory on June 4th, 1974 according to factory records.

As can be seen in the accompanying video, no expense was spared on the mechanical renovation, shown to be running exceptionally well. It starts easily, idles and revs freely through the rev range with a spectacularly thunderous accompaniment. It is reported that under its own steam, it shifts well, brakes and turns with with Italian flair. A really fantastic imposing ride. The bike is accompanied by it’s original tank in restored condition

Altogether it’s a beautiful, well restored example, that is worthy of serious consideration by a collector of Italian superbikes of the 1970s, one that can be ridden successfully on the street.