1964 Honda 247cc CB72
Registration no. AFD 40D
Frame no. CB72 101364
Engine no. CB72 101364
Introduced in 1960, the CB72 retained the basic layout of the preceding C70 and C71 but with wet sump lubrication and a gearbox-mounted clutch. In addition, the sporting CB changed to a 180-degree crankshaft and twin carburettors, and used a tubular spine frame instead of the pressed-steel chassis of the tourers. With a maximum power output of 24bhp at 9,000rpm and weighing 340lbs, the CB72 possessed an excellent power-to-weight ratio endowing it with performance challenging that of many British 500s. The CB's specification: overhead-camshaft engine, electric starter, rev counter, and twin-leading-shoe brakes, was unmatched by any of its rivals. It is now one of the most desirable of early Japanese classics.
Supplied new by Chas E Cope & Son, Dudley, this example was acquired by the, recently deceased, owner in 1988 and currently displays a total of 16,553 miles on the odometer. Dismantled and offered for restoration, the machine comes with its original logbook and old-style Swansea V5. No reserve.
- The registration number is: AFD 40B