Montesa Cota
Lot 205
Property of Yori Kanda,c.1980 Montesa Cota 349 Trials Motorcycle Frame no. 51M 18202
Sold for £805 (US$ 1,315) inc. premium

Lot Details
Property of Yori Kanda,c.1980 Montesa Cota 349 Trials Motorcycle Frame no. 51M 18202 Property of Yori Kanda,c.1980 Montesa Cota 349 Trials Motorcycle Frame no. 51M 18202 Property of Yori Kanda,c.1980 Montesa Cota 349 Trials Motorcycle Frame no. 51M 18202 Property of Yori Kanda,c.1980 Montesa Cota 349 Trials Motorcycle Frame no. 51M 18202 Property of Yori Kanda,c.1980 Montesa Cota 349 Trials Motorcycle Frame no. 51M 18202 Montesa Cota Montesa Cota Montesa Cota Montesa Cota Montesa Cota Montesa Cota Montesa Cota Montesa Cota Montesa Cota Montesa Cota Montesa Cota Montesa Cota Montesa Cota Montesa Cota Montesa Cota Montesa Cota
Property of Yori Kanda
c.1980 Montesa Cota 349 Trials Motorcycle
Frame no. 51M 18202
Founded in the mid-1940s in Barcelona, Montesa entered road racing in the early 1950s but its major impact on motorcycle sport would be away from the tarmac, the Scorpion and Capra moto-crossers and Cota trials being the equal of any of their contemporaries. In the UK, six-time British trials champion Malcolm Rathmell did much to promote Montesa after he joined as development rider in 1974, winning the Scott Trial in 1975 and 1976. The original 250cc Cota was succeeded by the Rathmell-developed Cota 348 in 1974. The Cota 349 followed in 1979 and was ridden by Rathmell to win that year's Scottish Six Days and Scott trials, while Ulf Karlson took the World Trials Championship on one in 1980. State-of-the-art in its day, the Montesa 349 featured a six-speed gearbox, magnesium engine cases, Motoplat ignition and an under-seat fuel tank. Its engine seized, this 'barn find' Montesa 349 is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed. There are no documents with this Lot, which is offered without reserve.

Footnotes

  • The Kanda Collection

    Tokyo-born Yoritatsu (Yori) Kanda, 74, is a highly respected member of motorcycling's international press corps. He originally moved to England in the mid-1970s, settling happily in Sussex from where he began reporting Grands Prix, motorcycle shows, machine and aftermarket press launches; building in the process an extensive knowledge of technical matters, brand histories, race and industry politics, production technologies and so on, subjects about which he has written frequently. As well as contributing to the major Japanese publications he has filed countless articles for important European magazines.

    Tragically in 2007, while attending a bike launch in Italy, he suffered a serious accident. In addition to a fortnight's concussion, his injuries included five fractured vertebrae. Following 18 months in specialist care, Yori returned to his home in Eastbourne but sadly is now resident in a nursing home.

    Among numerous books authored for the Japanese market is his History of Japanese Racing Motorcycles, which included the first ever photographs of 1960s-period racing machines, fully stripped, for enthusiasts to examine and enjoy. Undoubtedly his greatest journalistic coup was persuading Messrs Kawashima, Hasegawa, and Shimizu (senior directors respectively of Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki) to meet together in one room for an on-the-record discussion! Another typical Yori 'scoop' came in September 1967 when he managed a sneak shot of former MZ factory rider Ernst Degner - already notorious for joining Suzuki after defecting from East Germany while leading the World Championship on an MZ – who was secretly testing a 125 Kawasaki at the Fuji circuit. The picture would turn out to be a sensation, as Degner crashed heavily a few laps later, sustaining injuries that ended the German rider's career.

    Like so many journalists, Yori is both collector and hoarder. Seemingly reluctant to dispose of any information issued by a manufacturer, he has amassed over the last 40 years an extraordinary quantity of factory Press Kits ex-BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, etc plus Triumph from 1990 onwards. More importantly though, he has also accumulated one of the most comprehensive and discerning collections of motorcycle books to have been offered on the open market. Given his passion it is no surprise the Kanda Collection includes seven motorcycles - trials, scrambles, racing, classic and street - from five different nations no less. Understandably, Yori has had insufficient time to complete their refurbishment.
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