It was Albrecht Graf Goertz, but I agree, I love the looks of it. Just as the mazda Cosmo and eatly Celica, the Japanese made some pretty cars (and bikes). I think a Yamaha TX750, a Suzuki T500 or a Honda 350K are extremely pretty.Arguably, the Hondas and Toyotas cars referenced are just as cool, if not even cooler, than any Laverda. The Honda had twin chain rear wheel drive and revved to 8000rpm and the Toyota S2000 was a Bond car. Besides being drop dead gorgeous, since it was designed by Albert Goetz who gave us the BMW 507 and the 240Z IIRC.
Why should Breganze have needed to use up any excess? Surely Laverda was in a position to order directly from Nippon Denso, 20.000 odd starter motors plus spare parts over the span of 7 years sounds like a bit more than "excess". The factory must have odered about 15.000 (a good 9000 for the triples, the rest for later 750s and spares stock) handlebar switch sets as well, so they probably weren't NDs smallest client. ND possibly held a small amount of stock for a while to help out, but that's all 40-odd years ago. That stuff will have been thrown out long ago. Manufacturers lose interest quickly if stuff isn't moved on. By the time the Honda tiddlers were obsolete, Laverda wouldn't have had any interest on re-stocking starters for a model for which the writing was on the wall.Honda S800 is correct, but there were 19,720 (ish) Laverda twins and all use the same starter apart from about 3 protos which used a Bosch pre-engaged unit, Eveil Kneival had at least one of those, but Honda didnt even make half that number of cars, which begs the question, did Moto Laverda buy the excess ND units that Honda did not then need?
Evel jumped with regular production GT Am Eagles, not with prototypes, as far as I know. Do you have pics that show otherwise?Honda S800 is correct, but there were 19,720 (ish) Laverda twins and all use the same starter apart from about 3 protos which used a Bosch pre-engaged unit, Eveil Kneival had at least one of those,