1981 Laverda 1000cc Jota
With a story that started in a similar vein to countryman Lamborghini, Laverda’s beginnings were in farm machinery. Post-war, the company could see a market in small capacity motorcycles designed to get Italians moving again, in the same cheap and cheerful manner as the Fiat 500 and Vespa scooter. Their story follows the same path as numerous other manufacturers, with successes in racing and increases in capacity, creating faster and faster bikes.
The company eventually offered a large capacity 650cc twin in 1966, soon enlarged to 750 and they entered the Superbike market. In 1969 Laverda exhibited their first three-cylinder machine in Milan and Geneva, but it would take until 1972 before it was offered to the public as the 3C. British importer, Roger Slater wanted more performance to rival competitors from Japan and local rivals, Ducati and the enhanced 3C(E) became the Jota. The original Jotas had the distinction of being the fastest production motorcycle in the world in the late 1970s, at over 140mph.
The motorcycle offered
This 1981 Laverda 1000cc Jota hails from a northern California collection, primarily of Italian exotic machinery. In excellent condition throughout, the bike has a lovely warm patina of a well-kept, well-maintained 40-year-old bike. It features the rather exotic bodywork of designer and tuner, Simonato (Chico) Pacifico. The sporty and futuristic for its time, fairing to tail body was designed as an aftermarket customization by Chico, who was still very active a few years ago at his KTM dealership near Breganze, Italy. I found a blog post from a gentleman who bumped into Chico not so long ago and through broken Italian, listened to stories of Laverda tuning exploits and 150+mph performance.