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Lot 327: Honda Dream

Quail Lodge Sale, Bonhams (16 August 2012)

As illustrated by several of the defunct brands in Norman Hobday's own collection, making the move from two-wheeled tiddlers and runabouts to full-size motorcycles, and then sustaining production long term, is no easy task. In fact, many hundreds of motorcycle companies have fallen by the wayside since Hildebrand & Wolfmüller made the first production bike in 1895. Honda is now the world's largest motorcycle maker but its success was far from assured in post-WWII Japan when Soichiro Honda began selling motorized bicycles powered by war surplus 50cc radio generator motors that ran on turpentine. To be considered a serious bike-maker, Honda needed a serious motorcycle, one that could be exported around the world. Starting in the late 1950s, that bike would be the Dream, available in 250 and 305cc versions boasting oil-tight engines, 12-volt electrics and electric starting. Styling, with curiously squared off headlight and shock bodies, and flared front fender, was more Germanic than Japanese, but the bike's features and reliability won the day. It's no coincidence that starting in 1959, Honda would become the world's most prolific producer of motorcycles, a status it has enjoyed ever since. Hobday's 305 Dream appears to be in original specification and wears an optional chromed luggage rack.

Lot Details
Auction Quail Lodge Sale
Bonhams, Carmel, California, USA
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number327
Estimate$2000-$4000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$1700
Hammer Price (inc premium)$1955
Year1964
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Engine numberCA77E1025923
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