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1978 Laverda 981cc 3CL For Sale by Auction

Introduced in 1972, the '3C' was the first of Laverda's much admired family of classic three-cylinder 'muscle bikes' that would do so much to establish its reputation as one of Italy's foremost purveyors of high-performance motorcycles. Displacing 981cc, the new engine had a character all its own. No longer conceived along Honda lines like its twin-cylinder predecessors, Laverda's triple was a twin-overhead-camshaft design with 180-degree 'flat' crankshaft. Following the introduction of the Slater Brothers-inspired Jota super sports version, the 3C continued as the 3CL sports-tourer, with the 80bhp engine and 125mph capability; and although slightly slower than the Jota, the less highly-stressed 3CL is considered by many Laverda aficionados to be the more enjoyable machine to ride. The vendor advises us that this one-owner Laverda 3Cl has been stood for the last five years and was last started around three years ago, the engine having been turned over regularly. Last taxed in 2012, the Laverda has covered only 15,438 miles from new and would respond well to detailing. Offered for re-commissioning, this collectible Italian superbike comes with old V5/V5C documents and two MoTs (most recent expired 2007).

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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