Lot 328: HOnda VF1000R
Honda's 1970s domination of the middleweight and heavyweight classes had been achieved with a succession of across-the-frame, inline fours, but towards the end of the decade the Japanese manufacturer began to turn increasingly to vee-configuration engines, the first four-cylinder example, the VF750, arriving in 1982. Smaller VF400 and VF500 v-fours followed, together with the range-topping VF1000F and VF1000R models, the latter - a limited edition 'race replica' - distinguished by its gear-driven (as opposed to chain-driven) overhead camshafts. The VF1000R was intended to continue the racetrack successes of the CB1100R and was as well finished and equipped as its illustrious predecessor, featuring a quick-release front wheel and Honda's Pro-Link rear suspension among other innovations. In the event, the big VF was too heavy to cut it on the track but nevertheless made one hell of a good sports-tourer for the road. Exclusive, costly (around 70% more expensive than a Kawasaki GPz1100 in 1985!) and fast (150mph-plus) the VF1000R sold in correspondingly small numbers and today is highly sought after by collectors.
Sold new in the UK, this example was purchased by the current vendor (believed to be only its second private owner) in August 1991 from a Honda dealer in Lafayette, Louisiana. Unrestored, the machine has covered only 2,892 miles from new and is offered with Certificate of Title.
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Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||$5850|
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