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Lot 207: Laverda Jota Series One

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (18 July 2012)

Laverda started out as farm machinery makers in Italy in 1873 and became Moto Laverda in 1950 making lightweight motorcycles to cater for the huge demand for personal transport in post-war Europe. By the 1960s the factory at Breganze was making bigger machines and it was a great coup when they introduced a beautifully-designed and powerful 650cc OHC twin, capable of immense development and equally successful on road or racetrack. The logical development of the twin was the 981cc '1000 3C', later named the Jota, meaning 'fast dance for three', entirely appropriate for this charismatic sports bike. Much more than just a transformation of the twin, the new engine had double overhead camshafts and was a smoothly spinning unit capable of an easy 90bhp and 140mph making it the fastest production bike of its day when it was launched in 1976. With fine handling and a spine-tingling exhaust note, it quickly gained a reputation as 'the ultimate man's machine'. This particular Jota is 100% genuine and is known to Slater Bros of Collington (the original distributors of the Laverda brand in the UK) from whom it was originally purchased in August 1980. With just four owners and only nominal mileage in a period of 32 years, the bike was treated to a total nut-and-bolt rebuild in 2010 by a well-known Laverda specialist, Greg Spencer of the International Laverda Owners Club. Particular attention was paid to keep the bike original and only genuine Laverda engine and frame parts have been used, although one non-standard enhancement is the addition of a Witt electronic unit  highly recommended for these machines. Now said to be in immaculate condition throughout the bike was displayed on the International Laverda Owners' Club stand at the 2010 Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show in Stafford and received a 'Highly Commended' award against some fierce competition. It was also placed 3rd in the Continental Class at the Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Show in Bristol in 2011. It comes with a CD of images documenting the restoration plus many bills.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number207
Estimate£13500-£14000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1980
Condition rating
Registration numberGRD 596W
Mileage-
Chassis number7136
Engine number7136
Engine capacity (cc)981
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors