The original Laverda prototype – With Phil Aynsley

This 75cc four-stroke OHV Laverda prototype was built by Francesco Laverda in 1947 to 1949
1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype
1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype – Francesco envisaged a economical transport option

It is not often you get to see, let alone photograph, the very first motorcycle ever produced by a major manufacturer – but here is the start of the Laverda line!

1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype
1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype – the enclosed chain drive was to reduce maintenance

Francesco Laverda constructed his 75cc prototype in his garage between 1947-49. His aim was to produce an economical (60km/litre), low cost bike to fill the transport needs of the post war public.

1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype
1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype – four-stroke OHV motor producing 3hp
1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype
1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype

Notable design features include the pressed steel frame, a 4-stroke OHV motor (rather than a 2-stroke) and the unusual final drive system – by chain and gears in an enclosed alloy casting.

1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype
1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype – enclosed final drive
1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype
1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype

This drive system was to ensure low maintenance as it was envisioned the bike would be used mainly on unsealed roads.

1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype
1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype
1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype
1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype

However by the time the 75 went into production in 1951 a normal chain drive was substituted for cost reasons.

1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype
1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype – with the three-speed gearbox top speed was 70km/h.

Power of the prototype was 3hp at 5,250rpm. Dry weight 65kg. A 3-speed gearbox was used giving a top speed of 70kph. The bike is still in family hands being a part of Piero Laverda’s collection.

1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype
1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype
1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype
1947-1949 original Laverda 75cc Prototype