Early Laverda – 1969 American Eagle 750S

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Post Sale Update: This American Eagle sold for $10,400 after 32 bids on eBay.

Laverda was introduced to the American market via two models called the 750S and the 750GT. The catch is that the bikes were not officially Laverdas – they were American Eagles, the brainchild of Jack McCormack. Jack had helped Honda and Suzuki break into the US, but then he decided he could work for himself. He started American Eagle and was impressively able to offer bikes from 80cc up to 750cc. He convinced Laverda to supply the big engines and in the process showed Americans the Laverda name for the first time.


As you could probably guess from the letters, the S was the sportier version. It produced 60 horsepower, and Laverda campaigned three of them in a Dutch 24 hour endurance race. This example (VIN: LAV*750S*2569) features some components from the Euro Laverdas, including the steel tank and lower handlebars. Both are much more attractive than the US counterparts. This bike was a barn find 7 years ago and it’s been rebuilt since. THe pistons and rings were replaced with SFC units, and true mileage is unknown as there was no speedometer or tachometer when the bike was found. New parts include the battery, headers, exhaust, headlight, speedo/tach, levers, switch gear, and cables. The engine has less than 10 miles on it since the rebuild!


Find this American Eagle for sale in Dundas, Ontario, Canada with bidding up to $6,000