Pro­to­type CB750

Brings record price

Old Bike Australasia - - • PHOTO AWARDS • PROTOTYPE CB750 • -

One of four pre-pro­duc­tion Honda CB750s built in 1968 (and one of only two re­main­ing) fetched an amaz­ing UK£161,000 (Aust$277,000) at the H&H Auc­tion in Britain on March 4. This makes it the most ex­pen­sive Ja­panese mo­tor­cy­cle ever sold at auc­tion and far sur­passed the pre-auc­tion es­ti­mate of £35,000 – £40,000. The pre­vi­ous record for a CB750 was for a sim­i­lar pro­to­type sold in 2014 for US$148,000 on eBay. The mo­tor­cy­cle sold by H&H was sent to Honda GB prior to the of­fi­cial launch in 1969 and af­ter do­ing the rounds of deal­ers, shows and jour­nal­ist road testers, it was sold to the Earl of Den­bigh who re­tained it un­til 1982, when it be­came part of a pri­vate col­lec­tion. It was un­der­go­ing restora­tion when the owner passed away. The CB750 was not the only ma­chine at the auc­tion to be sold way be­yond its es­ti­mate. A Honda Z50A Mini Trail, once owned by John Len­non, was knocked down for £57,000 (Aust $98,000). The owner bought the ‘Mon­key Bike’ from a dealer in Hamp­shire who had pur­chased it from Len­non in 1971, and had owned it for 47 years at the time of the auc­tion.

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