This is a collection nonpareil, and represents a rarely seen opportunity for the discerning curator or collector.
The Cor Dees Collection includes 12 historic racing machines including Milano-Taranto and Motogiro works racers from the 1950s, many prototypes, and star of the collection a V6 1000cc endurance racer - with a second V6 under restoration (Sorry, neither are included in the sale).
In total there are over 80 machines in immaculate condition, along with a vast array of Laverda memoriabilia, photography, literature and documentation - the result of Cor Dees' 30 years of dedication to the marque. More...
The engine was a 50cc 5-speed watercooled Cagiva (replacing the 6 speed Minarelli of the 50 OR) and gave the machine a top speed of around 80 km/h. The square-section frame remained basically unchanged, it was suspended by Marzocchi front and rear with a disc brake up front. The very plucky and well presented machine also had electric starting, something which would perhaps not feature prominently in the average schoolboy's dream of the perfect dirt machine. *
Fine photography by Phil Aynsley
* Yeah, I know, non-PC. But hey, in those days hardly any women rode and anyway it makes for better prose.