Laverda 3CE

Average (5)

Genuine UK machine confirmed by Slaters, one owner since 1979 and still retaining all the original features including exhaust system, seat, adjustable bars, alloy rims and in fact that Jota paint job is as it left the dealer all those years ago (except for the small dent on the left side which is a little more than “patina”). Correspondence with Richard Slater since July 2023 confirms in writing exactly what defines a 3CE (E is for Exhaust) and a certificate details this machines arrival from Breganze in the UK on 25th March 1975 on consignment note number 249. We think it may have been raced sometime between 1975 and 1978 (we may never know), and was probably fitted with a factory replacement frame at some time between new import in 1975 and sale in 1979. The 3CE was the fastest motorcycle available in England in 1975 (tested at 139.8 mph) so many appeared in production racing of the day. The model is so clearly the inspiration for the Jota that followed it in 1976 and this example has worn the iconic Jota paint scheme for all its road life which makes it unique and historically significant. Number 3497 was supplied by the authorised Slater dealer; Avon Bikes; in 1979 as a 3CE to the gentleman we bought it from and he has been a very proud and responsible owner over many miles. Two engine rebuilds and many happy miles since then but no restoration. The engine has had one complete rebuild and one very recent top-end rebuild which is well documented and explains the exceptionally good performance. It has also had the de-facto Witt electronic ignition system fitted which smooths the performance out and makes it so enjoyable to ride. Mechanically excellent, cosmetically average, ruthlessly original and absolutely unrestored. The only bike arguably more desirable and certainly rarer than a Jota? This is the one.


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