Lot 147 - 1975 13080 GT750M 'Kettle'
|Odometer reading||18,790 miles|
|Estimate||£4,000 - £5,000|
|Result||Sold - £6,496|
With the launch of GT750M, Suzuki stepped into the big league with what must be the most complex super sporting roadster ever built. Powered by a 750cc transverse in line three cylinder engine with pump assisted water cooling, the gleaming prototype was the top two-wheeled crowd puller at the 1970 Tokyo motor-show. The machine's speedometer was calibrated to 150mph and the tachometer's red zone started at 7,000rpm. With vertical front fining on its polished light-alloy water jacket, the engine was equipped with four reverse cone exhausts, the pipe from the middle cylinder dividing into two and to ensure adequate cooling when at a standstill, it has an electric fan operated by a handlebar switch to draw air through the radiator mounted on the front down tubes. Water-cooling was the big innovation however, coupled with the sheer drama and presence the 'Kettle' elicited, it is not surprising that these big bikes now attract a significant following.
From information supplied from the vendor, it would appear that it was first registered on the 11th March, 1975 and then restored in 1998. In 1999, Hartgate Motorcycles in Surrey sold the machine to John Moore of London who, in turn sold it to the vendor in 2005. Within the last nine years, a light re-commissioning has taken place including a new seat, master cylinder, front hoses and mirrors. Supplied with a UK registration document as well as a full one year MOT test certificate, this classic Japanese example rides well and looks great.
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