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1981 Laverda 981cc Jarama For Sale by Auction

A rare example of the standard Jarama three-cylinder Laverda that has not been converted to a pseudo Jota, this is an unspoilt example from the Breganze factory that produced some of the finest European sporting and touring machines of the 1970s and 80s. Laverda was internationally known as an agricultural engineering concern, but there was a great enthusiasm for motorcycles in the family and in 1949 Moto Laverda S.A.P. was registered as a separate company. They built small capacity machines at first, with enough performance to take the first five places in the 1951 816 miles Milan-Taranto race. It was a natural move to build bigger machines and the 750 parallel twin was an outstanding series until the 1972 launch of the 981cc triple. Journalist Dave Minton knew the family well and has told of his visit to the works, where he was loaned a 750 SFC twin and rode through the hills above Breganze struggling to keep Massimo Laverda on the new triple in sight. As he put it: "If they can test ride like that, it's no surprise they build such quick bikes." This fine example of the breed, with a recorded 29,564 miles, was purchased by the vendor in 2015, having been kept in France for some time, where the previous owner had an established business and used the Jarama as relaxation when work demands allowed. It is unrestored, its condition reflecting the quality that brought such respect to the brand.

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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