1982 Kawasaki 'Z1500' Turbo Special Frame no. KZT30A-013657 Engine no. KZT30AE014516

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Lot 377
1982 Kawasaki 'Z1500' Turbo Special
Registration no. EAT 34Y Frame no. KZT30A-013657 Engine no. KZT30AE014516

Sold for £ 7,820 (US$ 9,844) inc. premium
1982 Kawasaki 'Z1500' Turbo Special
Registration no. EAT 34Y
Frame no. KZT30A-013657
Engine no. KZT30AE014516
• Reputedly built by a Cosworth engineer
• 1,504cc engine
• Present ownership since 2000

Having seen its Z1000 deposed as top superbike by Honda's outrageous six-cylinder CBX, it was inevitable that Kawasaki would strike back. Enter the Z1300. Launched in 1978 to a fanfare of superlatives - biggest, heaviest, most powerful, fastest - Kawasaki's new flagship was more super-tourer than outright sports bike, its 140mph top speed notwithstanding. Weighing close to 700lb and producing an astonishing - at that time - 120bhp, the Z1300 promised to be a real handful but in fact handled 'predictably and reassuringly over virtually any kind of surface' according to Bike magazine. Only the Big Zed's upright riding position and limited range - despite a six-gallon fuel tank - took the gloss off the stupendous performance afforded by that admirably smooth and torquey six-cylinder engine. Sold in limited numbers, the Z1300 today is highly sought after.

Their bullet-proof nature has forever made the bigger Kawasakis appealing to tuners, and in the 1980s this desire for greatly increased performance frequently involved bolting on a turbo. Usually it was the four-cylinder models that received this treatment; indeed, there was a factory sanctioned Z1R turbo offered in the USA well before Kawasaki got around to turbo-charging the GPz750. They never offered a Z1300 Turbo though, presumably reasoning that the stock bike was sufficiently over the top already. We are advised that this unique machine was built by a Cosworth engineer for his own use. There are some technical details in the history file, but its full specification is not known. The mechanical anti-dive – another 1980s 'must have' – is particularly worthy of note.

The current vendor purchased the machine from its previous owner, Peter Palmer, in September 1999 (receipt on file). It was last taxed until 30th September 2000 and currently displays a total of 34,361 miles on the odometer. Offered with a V5C document.

Footnotes

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1982 Kawasaki 'Z1500' Turbo Special Frame no. KZT30A-013657 Engine no. KZT30AE014516
1982 Kawasaki 'Z1500' Turbo Special Frame no. KZT30A-013657 Engine no. KZT30AE014516
1982 Kawasaki 'Z1500' Turbo Special Frame no. KZT30A-013657 Engine no. KZT30AE014516
1982 Kawasaki 'Z1500' Turbo Special Frame no. KZT30A-013657 Engine no. KZT30AE014516
1982 Kawasaki 'Z1500' Turbo Special Frame no. KZT30A-013657 Engine no. KZT30AE014516
1982 Kawasaki 'Z1500' Turbo Special Frame no. KZT30A-013657 Engine no. KZT30AE014516
1982 Kawasaki 'Z1500' Turbo Special Frame no. KZT30A-013657 Engine no. KZT30AE014516
1982 Kawasaki 'Z1500' Turbo Special Frame no. KZT30A-013657 Engine no. KZT30AE014516
1982 Kawasaki 'Z1500' Turbo Special Frame no. KZT30A-013657 Engine no. KZT30AE014516
1982 Kawasaki 'Z1500' Turbo Special Frame no. KZT30A-013657 Engine no. KZT30AE014516
1982 Kawasaki 'Z1500' Turbo Special Frame no. KZT30A-013657 Engine no. KZT30AE014516
1982 Kawasaki 'Z1500' Turbo Special Frame no. KZT30A-013657 Engine no. KZT30AE014516
1982 Kawasaki 'Z1500' Turbo Special Frame no. KZT30A-013657 Engine no. KZT30AE014516
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