Lot 176 - 1962 12965 Mini Scooter
|Odometer reading||1 miles|
|Estimate||£1,000 - £2,000|
|Result||Sold - £3,696|
The roots of the Laverda Motorcycle company go back to 1873 when Pietro Laverda decided to start an agricultural engines enterprise in the small rural village of Braganza in North-East of Italy. In October 1949, Pietro's grandson Francesco founded Moto Laverda S.A.S. Word has it, that some engine parts were cast in Francesco's kitchen but what most likely started as an evening pastime was to become one of the most successful motorcycles in history. Laverda became well known for building small capacity machines of high quality, durability and relative innovation for the time. To prove this, right from the beginning they modified their bikes in order to race them in distance and endurance events like the Milan-Taranto, the Giro d 'Italia and the Cavalcata delle Dolomiti. Laverda motorcycles thus became a firm favourite among racing clubmen due to their record for reliable performance.
Over the next two decades, Laverda would go on to produce new models of ever increasing capacity and capability, Off-road, trial and motocross machines were developed in conjunction with other manufacturers and were successfully raced. But the real development came in street models, which began to earn a good reputation as classy, low maintenance and quiet motorcycles.
Few people are aware of Laverda's foray into the scooter market. This example, of which, represents an extremely fine one. Fully restored to its correct and original colour of white, it was then acquired by the vendor in 2010 and remained in his private collection ever since. Supplied with letters from the Laverda Owners Club confirming its age and registration, it also comes with various advertisements of the time as well as a V5C and a reproduction workshop manual covering all aspects of its operation.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.