Lot 454: 1978 Honda CB750 K2 Phil Read Replica
‘Limited edition’ or ‘celebration’ models have long been established as a sound marketing technique for both cars and motorcycles, so when Phil Read won the Isle of Man’s inaugural Formula 1 TT on a works Honda in 1977 the stage was set for a special version of the Japanese manufacturer’s trend-setting superbike. As a result, Honda commissioned Colin Seeley to build a batch of 150 replicas of Read’s winning machine. Not to be confused with the Seeley-Honda, which used a Seeley frame, the Phil Read Replica relied on special bodywork finished in ‘Honda Britain’ livery to set it apart from the standard production model. One of the original 150 produced, this unrestored example was in daily use for much of its life and remains in mostly original condition. The odometer reads 71,865 miles. Currently in the hands of its third owner, the machine would be a suitable candidate for everyday riding or a full restoration. It is offered with Swansea V5 and MoT to July 2006, and comes with an original 1977 IoM TT Race Programme signed by Phil Read in the Island that year.
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£1150|
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