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Lot 385: c.2000 Honda CB50 49cc Dream R2 Racing Motorcycle

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (21 October 2007)

Probably the ultimate �retro� tribute made by any manufacturer, these jewel-like miniature Hondas echoed the maker�s CR 110 single-cylinder �50� racers of the 1960s. Employing similar DOHC valve layout, these tiny bikes were outclassed by Suzuki�s shrieking two-strokes in international races but were otherwise hugely successful. Compared to the CR 110�s eight speeds and 8.5 brake horsepower at 13,500 rpm, the re-created Dream had six speeds and 7.0 bhp at an astonishing 14,500rpm, the decreases (some decreases!) being engineered in the interests of customer reliability. This Honda marks a �first� for Bonhams at Stafford being, quite literally, �Brand New In the Box�, never having been taken from the packaging and the first time we have presented such an opportunity. It is the much more rare racing version, devoid of its brother�s road equipment and extra weight. 1000666 is complete, of course, with all of its ex-factory material including the parts-list and instruction book. The chances of another of these being found still in its packaging must be vanishingly small and this may thus represent a unique chance to buy such a machine.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Staffordshire County Showground
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number385
Estimate£4600-£5500
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£6000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£6900
Year2000
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberAR02 1000666.
Engine number1000674.
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors