Laverda’s SFC is quite literally a race-bike for the road, from the end of the era when this was realistically possible. “Super Freni Competizione” translates basically to “Super Braking Competition” and refers to the enormous front drum brake and the SFC’s race-oriented construction.
It was based on Laverda’s famously rugged 750cc twin and featured the highest-quality parts: everything not designed and manufactured in-house was chosen for its performance, with Ceriani providing suspension, Bosch the ignition components, and Nippon-Denso the electrics. With fewer than 600 made, these are homologation specials, stuffed full of race-ready parts that saw as much as 80hp from the 750cc parallel-twin. Although the SFC was technically a roadbike, the race-tuned motor and uncompromising ergonomics made street use largely hypothetical.
Road-oriented parts are clearly an afterthought: take a look at that taillight that looks like it’s attached to the tail section with double-sided tape, pointed skyward and the instrumentation devoid of anything but a single Smiths tachometer. Often, when these come up for sale, the few road-legal parts that were originally fitted have already been removed from the bike and boxed up.
From the original eBay listing: 1972 Laverda SFC 750 Mk1 for Sale
Model year 1972
Bike in top condition, mechanically rebuilt by main specialist Riccardo Oro, present on the Laverda SFC register with extra certification by Massimo Borghesi. Italian documents.
Ride and collect! Bulletproof investment.
Bike is currently located in Stowmarket, England but I can get them delivered all around the World at cost, no problem.
Bidding is up north of $36,000 as I write this, with active bidding and plenty of time left on the auction. As is the case with many cars and motorcycles, these were refined throughout the production, adding disc brakes and electronic ignition, so later models were probably better in practice. However, from a collector’s standpoint, early models tend to command higher prices, and although we’ve featured a number of SFC’s over the past few years, I can’t remember seeing one this early.