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For Sale: 1979 Laverda Motorcycle
in Salisbury, United Kingdom

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The clock was wound back 30 years when this stunning Laverda was unloaded from our van. It is a true time warp Formula 500 racer that looks just as it did when racing on the Isle of Man in the 1980s and as such is one of the most exciting competition machines we have ever handled. And it gets even better: with it comes a vast and hugely valuable stash of spares - enough to keep it racing for years - and a virtually complete but disassembled Laverda Montjuic (with V5C). This was the road going version of the F500 that shares most of its components - surely the best 'buy one get one free' offer of the year! But first some history. The first Formula 500 bikes were built by Laverda in 1978 for a one marque race series, the Coppa Laverda, starting in Italy and spreading to Belgium and Germany. Based on the company's Alpino 500cc parallel twin, it was a seriously quick machine, thanks to more than 50 bhp and a total weight under 400 lbs. The championship was aimed at up and coming riders who had finished no higher than third in any other series and the factory provided technical and spares support at all meetings. Initially 75 of these 'Series 1' bikes were built. A second batch of 75 was built in 1979, with separate fuel tank and seat units for easier access to the engine. These became known as the 'Series 2' and our bike is one of those. In addition to the F500 championship bikes, Laverda's UK importer Slater Bros and their satellite dealer Cropredy Bridge ran teams in the 1980 Isle of Man F2 TT and our bike is believed to have been number 26, ridden for Cropredy Bridge by Swedish star Lennart Backstrom, who finished 9th. During the race Malcolm Wheeler set the fastest ever time by a Laverda on the island, with a best lap of 105 mph and a race average of 99mph. In 1981 the bike was UK registered by Slaters and sold to racer Mike Griffiths, who planned to enter it into the 1982 Newcomers' Manx GP. He kept a detailed log of this and all his other races, together with notes on all work done on the bike over the next three seasons, after which is was retired from competition. It was used occasionally until it was acquired by the current owners in 2010. They have taken great pains to retain all the marvellous originality and patina, while preparing it to a high standard mechanically to take part in classic track days and the Bikers' Classic events at Spa Francorchamps. In March this year it had a further programme of work to prepare it for the new season; this included new clutch plates, head torqued down and valve clearances checked, oil change, new front brake pads, new hydraulic fluid, new battery and new rectifier. The old log has been continued to maintain the bike's history. It is now ready to race with a new owner. The joy of the bike is undoubtedly that it is to all intents and purposes just as it raced in the 1980s, right down to the sticker on the fairing advertising a Douglas guest house! It is an exceptionally rare bike in any condition and quite possibly unique in this state of preservation. Together with the spares (some ten storage boxes full!) it represents an unrepeatable opportunity to acquire a machine that is perfect for the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club championship and many other classic events. Miss it and it may be a long time before you see another.

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24,950 GBP
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