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Lot 340: c.1971 Honda 49cc ZR50 ‘Monkey Bike’

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 October 2005)

With the launch of the CZ100 in 1960, Honda created the class of machine known as ‘monkey bikes’, so called because of their diminutive stature. The power unit was the C100 step-thru’s reliable four-stroke single. An ultra-short wheelbase, small wheels and a vestigial fuel tank were all features of a machine which, in the case of the folding handlebar version, could be fitted into the boot of a car. Immensely popular as paddock transport the world over, they are currently much in vogue, with a flourishing owners club in the UK. Off road-styled models, such as that offered here, were dubbed ‘Mini Trail’. An official UK import, restored in 2000, the machine is presented in good working order throughout. No reserve.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number340
Estimate£400-£600
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£320
Hammer Price (inc premium)£368
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Engine numberE5110548
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