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Lot 202: Honda 750 Four K1

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

The Honda 750 Four made its debut in 1969 and at a stroke totally revolutionised the entire motorcycle market. Often termed the first superbike, Cycle magazine called it the most sophisticated production bike ever. It could top 120mph, had a fade free front disc brake, comfortable seat, clear dials and probably most importantly would actually start at the press of a button! Producing 67bhp, its smooth transverse OHC 4 cylinder engine had not been seen in a production bike before and it was priced to kill  which was just what it did with the entire British bike industry trailing in its wake. In fact Honda's only mistake was to totally underestimate the demand for the model, choosing to hedge their bets by using a cheap low volume tool design for the engine called Permanent Mould Casting (often mistakenly referred to as the sand cast engine). Realising their mistake, the die cast engine appeared with the K1 which meant that Honda could fulfil the full sales potential of the machine. This fine original example was purchased by the vendor 2 years ago. Its previous owner had owned it for the last 17 years and it is only for sale again as it is too heavy for its arthritic owner. Described as running very well and being particularly quiet higher up the rev range, it sports a fine set of the rare original 4-pipe exhausts. The clock shows 48,500 miles and although there is no paperwork to support this, the vendor reports that he can find nothing to suggest that this is not genuine. In lovely condition, 750 Fours like this do not come along very often.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number202
Estimate£4500-£5000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1971
Condition rating
Registration numberAKX 749K
Mileage-
Chassis numberCB750 1091846
Engine numberCB750E - 2546988
Engine capacity (cc)736
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors