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1981 Laverda 981cc Jota 180 For Sale by Auction

Blessed with one of the most evocative names in motorcycling history, the Slater Brothers-developed Jota was the bike that really put Laverda on the map. Few major changes were made to the three-cylinder Jota prior to 1982 when a heavily revised version was introduced, complete with a 120-degree crankshaft that made for a more even firing order. One consequence of this was the instant elevation of the original version, which came with a 180-degree 'flat' crank, to iconic 'first-of-the-line' status among collectors.

This Jota '180' was purchased by its late owner from Slater Laverda on 5th August 1997 at 23,037 miles (correspondence, MoT certificate, and sales invoice on file). Issued 12 months later, the next MoT certificate records the mileage as 23,221, while the current odometer reading is 23,224 miles. The tax disc in the holder expired on 31st August 1999 and it is believed the Jota has not been ridden since then. On file is a page of hand-written notes detailing various cleaning and servicing tasks undertaken in 2018/2019, while the final entry is dated January 2020. Additional paperwork consists of sundry bills and old/current V5/V5C documents. Unused for some considerable time, the machine will require recommissioning or restoration to a greater or lesser extent and is sold strictly as viewed. Accordingly, prospective bidders must satisfy themselves as to the condition and completeness prior to bidding. A (copy) workshop manual is included in the sale.

This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Winter Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.


Friday 11 December
Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 112) 9am
The National Motorcycle Museum Reserve Collection (Lots 201 – 252) 11am

Saturday 12 December
Motorcycles (Day 2) (Lots 501 – 708) 10am

In light of the current government guidelines and relaxed measures we are delighted to welcome viewing, strictly by appointment. All the lots will be on view at Bicester Heritage in our traditional Hangar 113. We will ensure social distancing measures are in place, with gloves and sanitiser available for clients wishing to view motorcycle history files.

Please contact Bonhams Motorcycles by clicking 'Message the seller' with your preferred date, time and vehicle registration number to book an appointment.

Wednesday 9 December 9am to 5pm
Thursday 10 December 9am to 5pm
Friday 11 December 9am to 5pm (Lots 501 – 708 only)


Please note that whilst public viewing is available by appointment, the auction itself will be conducted from a remote saleroom, behind closed doors without public access, in accordance with the current government guidelines. All bidding will be conducted via Online, Telephone and Absentee Bidding. Please contact our Bids Department to register using the 'Message the seller' button.


Motorcycle lots must be cleared from the sale venue by 2pm Sunday 13 December 2020. Limited collection is available until 2pm Monday 14 December, by appointment only. If collecting Monday, please access Bicester Heritage via the 'Main Gate', Buckingham Road, OX26 5HA. Please email us using the 'Message the seller' button with your collection or transport instructions as soon as possible following your successful bid. Failure to instruct Bonhams by the given time will result in your vehicle being uplifted to store at your expense, as detailed in the Conditions of Sale. Buyers should satisfy themselves that they have collected all relevant log books, documents and keys relating to their Lot(s) at time of collection.


Hangar 113
Bicester Heritage
Buckingham Road
OX26 5HA
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