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pre-production CB750 comes under hammer

This historically important Honda CB750 is a motorcycle which collectors worldwide will be clamouring for at the H&H Classics auction on 4 March at the National Motorcycle Museum. It is estimated at £35,000-£40,000.
 
A “late pre-production model”, it is one of only four built, only two are known still to exist, the other is in the USA and was famously sold on eBay in 2014 for $148,000.
 
The bike for sale with H&H is a rare machine, mostly hand made in Japan in about 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.
 
Perhaps not surprisingly it has been in the same private collection for the past 35 years and was undergoing a restoration when the owner sadly passed away.
 
Head of motorcycle sales at H&H Classics Mark Bryan says of this bike: “This is one of the most historically important bikes we’ve had the pleasure to offer for sale – referred to on its launch as the most sophisticated production bike ever. The standard bike at launch was capable of 120mph and was equipped with non-fade front hydraulic brakes. The bike has gone on to become a true icon rated as one of the top landmarks of Japanese Automotive Technology.”
 
A green version of this bike went to France and was never seen again and a red one was crushed about five years ago in the US.
 
This gold bike was first shown in Europe at the Brighton Motorcycle show between 5-12 April, 1969. It also appeared on the cover of Motorcycle Mechanics in May 1969.
 
The idea for a four-cylinder 750 wasn’t even discussed until June 1968. Honda built a 750-4 test mule with a drum front brake, then the prototypes, all in just six months. This bike’s every single part is different from a production model.
 

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