COTA 172

Trial Magazine - - CLASSIC MACHINE -

In the April 1974 Jim San­di­ford was in­formed of a new model to be named the Cota 172. The new ma­chine fea­tured full size 2.75 x 21 and 400 x 18 wheels and tyres and an in­crease in the en­gine size to 157.5cc, which was achieved us­ing the Amer­i­can mar­ket ‘Com­mando’ trail model cylin­der bar­rel which had a bore and stroke of 60.93mm x 54mm. Apart from these ob­vi­ous changes the ma­chine looked pretty much the same as the Cota 123. John Hem­ing­way was sent over to Spain to test this new model, and was very im­pressed with the ex­tra power avail­able and the in­cor­po­ra­tion of the larger size wheels. He rode the same ma­chine in the ‘Scot­tish’ re­ward­ing Montesa with the Best 151cc–200cc Cup, com­ing home in 16th po­si­tion. Fur­ther suc­cess was to come at the Scott Trial, with Hem­ing­way 8th and Hutchin­son 20th.

Af­ter a pro­duc­tive year test­ing in 1974, the new Cota 172 was in­tro­duced to the buy­ing pub­lic at the Paris Mo­tor Show in the lat­ter part of the year. From 1975 on­wards the Cota 172 re­mained pretty much the same and ran along­side the Cota 123 in the model range. De­spite a loss of sales due to rid­ers mov­ing to the more pow­er­ful over-300cc ma­chines, the fac­tory and Jim San­di­ford con­tin­ued to sup­port both John Hem­ing­way and Brian Hutchin­son.

Over the next two sea­sons they would con­tinue to keep the Montesa flag in the re­sults on the Cota 172 with Hem­ing­way tak­ing a fur­ther two ‘Best 151cc–200cc Cup’ wins at the SSDT. As the end of 1976 ap­proached San­di­ford and the fac­tory were not sell­ing enough of the small en­gined ma­chines and ended their sup­port for both the rid­ers.

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