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1977 Laverda Jota 180, 981cc. Registration number TTM 240R. ...





1977 Laverda Jota 180, 981cc. Registration number TTM 240R. Frame number LAV 1000 5512. Engine number 1000 *5512*.
Laverda began with the manufacture of farm machinery, diversifying into production of small capacity motorcycles in 1949. Increases in capacity and variations of design (including a scooter) followed over the years. They eventually offered a large-capacity 650cc twin in 1966, which was soon enlarged to 750. In 1969 Laverda exhibited their first three-cylinder machine which was to take until 1972 before being offered to the public as the 3C, later becoming the 3C(E). At the instigation of the British importer, Roger Slater, performance was enhanced by Laverda and the 3C(E) became the Jota. The 180 had the distinction of being the fastest production motorcycle in the world in the late 1970s, at over 140mph.
The Jota model ran from 1976 through to 1982 and is powered by a 981cc DOHC air cooled inline triple with a dry weight of 234 kg. Originally fitted with a crankshaft with 180° crankpin phasing and ignition timing on the right hand side of the engine till 1980. Then in 1981 the ignition timing which was by then electronic, was moved to the left side and in 1982 the Jota 120° was released which had the crankpin phasing to 120°.
TTM comes with a Slaters confirmation of import into the UK on the 23rd March 1977 and was allocated to Morphy Motorcycles of Tring. It was sold to Charles Jones of Northampton on the 16th of May 1977, our vendor buying it from him in July 2012. There are MOT certificates from 1984 at 6,966 miles, 1988 at 7,564 miles, 1992 at 8,022 miles, 1996 at 8,335 miles, 1998 at 9,218 miles, 1999 at 9,938 miles and the current 23/07/2021 at 10,382 miles.
There are various receipts of file for work undertaken and replacement parts.
It is rare to find an original Jota that has not been restored but cared for with proven background. When collected from the vendor it fired up with ease and sounded wonderful.
Only being sold due to ill health, it comes with the V5C, current MOT, past MOT's and history folder.

Auction Date: 16th Oct 2021 at 1pm

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