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Lot 314: 1976 Honda CR125M Elsinor Moto-Cross

Sale of Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams & Butterfields (12 November 2005)

Honda first began to take the moto-cross market seriously in the early 1970s. The Japanese manufacturer’s four-stroke machines had dominated international road racing in the 1960s, but to be competitive on the dirt Honda had to go down the two-stroke road like its major European rivals CZ and Husqvarna. Powered by a single-cylinder, air-cooled engine, Honda’s first proper moto-crosser, the CR250M Elsinore, appeared in 1973 and the range would steadily expand over succeeding years to include 125, 80, 450, 480 and 60cc models. An all-red finish was adopted for the Elsinores, giving rise to the nickname ‘Red Rocket’ and today these collectible early Honda ’crossers are a mainstay of AHRMA vintage and post-vintage racing.

This original and unrestored CR125M Elsinore is offered with sundry bills.

Lot Details
Auction Sale of Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams & Butterfields, Petersen Museum, Los Angeles, CA
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number314
Estimate$1250-$2500
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$800
Hammer Price (inc premium)$920
Year1976
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Engine number3007588
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