Historic Pre-Production Honda CB750 Fetches Record Price


Pre-production Honda CB750

Motorcycle history was made by H&H Classics at the National Motorcycle Museum in England on March 4, 2018, when the company sold two iconic bikes for new world record prices.

H&H’s lineup of 170 bikes included a number of gems that had the place heaving despite a week of atrocious weather that had kept people at home. The biking fraternity turned up in strength to bid for John Lennon’s 1969 Honda Z50A "Monkeybike," which made $79,640, and a fascinating survivor, a pre-production Honda CB750, which reached $222,995 against a pre-sale estimate of $48,000 to $55,000.

The second historically important bike, the Honda CB750 is a very special motorcycle which collectors worldwide were clambering for. It was estimated at $48,000-$55,000 prior to the sale but in an extended bidding fight finally sold for a total of $222,995 — a new world record for this model and for a Honda road bike.

A “late” pre-production model it is one of only four built, only two are known to still exist, the other is in the U.S. and was famously sold on eBay in 2014 for a price of $148,000.

The bike for sale with H&H is a rare machine, mostly hand made in Japan around 1968. This bike came over to the UK in 1969, was registered by Honda UK and was used by them in the UK launch of the then new CB750 model. It is frame number CB750-2110.

3/10/2018 3:03:38 AM

Talk about shit brakes. Your triple trouble Kawasaki 500 could get from 0-60 quicker than it could get from 60-0. How many of those "Fast" Triple Trouble bikes are still around, they vibrated more than a Triumph Bonneville. I know of plenty Honda CB750's and CBX1000 Six's that are still around and in perfect running condition but only of a very few triples. I am very curious to know what do they rule, probably the scrap heap. Besides Richard Langley I personally think you are talking in your sleep. Have a good day Sir. Andre de Klerk Randburg South Africa.

3/9/2018 8:58:47 PM

You cannot put a price on history, even if you don't like the machine that made the history. Stop being such a squid and acknowledge the bike for what it was; the starting point for powerful motorcycles that were reliable, affordable and didn't leak fluids all over your garage.

richard langley
3/9/2018 5:46:09 AM

Hey Motorcycle Classics; Who the FK are you people kidding? Somebody wasted $210K for a prettied up POS. What a bunch of CRAP!! and you Say THAT'S GOOD? PLEASE!!!!!! I thought you guys were real Motorcyclists?!??! Non-Fading "SINGLE " disc brake", on a TOAD (470+ lb) motorcycle? Not if you rode it with "Vigor", back in the day, as I did! READ the old school motorcycle reviews. Good "All arounder" = Yes. World's First "Superbike" = BS. A Kawasaki MACH III 500 or Hi 500 could SUCK the headlight light out of it., And, back in the day, "I" did it for several years. On road, and in every class of roadracing, from Box Stock to 500GP! Superbike, my ass. BTW, MY 1972 H2 750, SUCKed the headlight out of EVERY DOHC CB750F, GS750 and more than one KZ750. 8 years later, that I ever raced it against . Mythology, & HONDA BS, marches on. Kawasaki Triples RULE! Cheers 3-8--18 Boots Langley La Mesa, ca 619-466-7298

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