Honda RVF 400 NC35,
Lot 259
1994 Honda RVF400R Type NC35 Frame no. NC35 1002540 Engine no. NC13E 1502550
Sold for £1,725 (US$ 2,897) inc. premium
Lot Details
1994 Honda RVF400R Type NC35
Registration no. L574 YNV
Frame no. NC35 1002540
Engine no. NC13E 1502550
Following the arrival of the VFR750R (RC30) race replica in the late 1980s, it was only to be expected that some of its style and technology would rub off on Honda's smaller V4s. The first of these mini race-reps was the NC21, which was followed by the NC24 with RC30-style single-sided swinging arm. Restricted to a maximum of 59PS (59.8bhp) for the Japanese market, these models were not officially imported into the UK, unlike the successor NC30 which boasted a specification not far short of the RC's: alloy beam frame, single-sided swinger, close-ratio gearbox, twin-lamp fairing, RC-type brakes and a 360-degree crankshaft; a class-leading specification justified by the fact that Honda had it sights set on the Isle of Man TT's Supersport 400 class. When the RC30's replacement – the RC45 – was introduced in 1994, the 400cc supersports V4 was similarly upgraded, to NC35 specification. Boasting RC45 looks and equally exemplary build quality, but at a fraction of the cost, the NC35 is already one of the most collectible classics of the 1990s.

The NC35 offered here is a 'grey import' purchased from Nightingales of Rugby on 10th August 1999. Presented in apparently good condition, 'L574 YNV' was last MoT'd to February 2009 and currently displays a total of 11,664 kilometres (approximately 7,243 miles) on the odometer. The machine is offered with SORN confirmation and Swansea V5C, and comes complete with paddock stand.