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Lot 466: c.1967 Honda 49cc Z50M ‘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 that incorporated a three-speed gearbox with automatic clutch. An ultra-short wheelbase, small wheels and vestigial fuel tank were all features of a machine which, in the case of the folding handlebar version, could fit 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. This ‘monkey’ is an example of the Z50M, an all-new model that was introduced in 1967, and is believed to have belonged to Formula 1 team owner Rob Walker. The first of its kind to be sold in Japan, the Z50M was powered by the overhead-camshaft version of Honda’s 50cc engine and featured folding handlebars and a higher seat, both of which made it a more practical proposition than its predecessors. A total of 775 miles has been recorded and the bike was last MoT’d in June 1986. It is offered for sympathetic restoration/re-commissioning. There are no documents with this machine.

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Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number466
Estimate£1500-£2500
Outcome NOT SOLD
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