Minichamps MIN122122501 1978 Laverda Jota 180 Street Motorcycle - Orange Metallic (1:12 Scale)
"German precision engineering at its finest!"
- The Motor Pool
Laverda is an Italian manufacturer of Combine harvesters and at one time a maker of high performance motorcycles. The agricultural equipment brand is famous for quality, simplicity, and efficiency; while the motorcycles in their day gained notoriety for being robust and innovative.
The Motorcycle company was founded almost on a whim by Pietro Laverda junior (son of the founder of Laverda Macchine Agricole), his brothers Francesco, Giovanni and Giorgio, and Luciano Zen, a young technician/draughtsman. In 1948-9, in between running the family business they designed and built the first prototype motorcycle, a simple four stroke 75cc bike with girder forks and a fully enclosed drive chain. One account says that some engine parts were cast in kitchen of Francesco, confirming that at least initially, the project was not regarded as a serious business proposition.
However, the little bike showed promise and so in October 1949, Moto Laverda was officially incorporated. Over the next several years, Laverda became well known for building small capacity machines of high quality, durability and relative innovation for the time. To prove this, they began modifying and racing them in distance and endurance events like the Milan-Trento road race, Giro d'Italia and the Cavalcata delle Dolomiti, eventually winning for the first time in 1952, and becoming a firm favorite among racing clubmen due to their record for reliable performance.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 1978 Laverda Jota 180 motorcycle that is finished in orange metallic. Comes with a kickstand and handsome presentation case. Sold Out!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: June 2010
Historical Account: "Collaborations" - Over the next two decades, Laverda would go on to produce new models of ever increasing capacity and capability, in different sectors of the market. Off-road, trial and motocross machines were developed in conjunction with other manufacturers Zundapp, BMW and Husqvarna, 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. From that first 75cc single, they eventually went on to produce different bikes ranging from scooters, the Laverdino commuter and eventually to the 200cc twin.