7,281 miles from new
c.1963 Honda 305cc CB77
Frame no. CB77 100291
Engine no. CB77E-100312
Honda's first model to make an impact in the middleweight class, the CB77 arrived in 1963 and was essentially an over-bored CB72 250, closely resembling its progenitor. Introduced in 1960, the twin-cylinder CB72 had retained the basic layout of the preceding C70 and C71 but with wet sump lubrication and gearbox-mounted clutch. In addition, the sporting CB changed to a 180-degree crankshaft and twin carburetors, and used a tubular spine frame instead of the pressed-steel chassis of the tourers.
With an overhead-camshaft engine, electric starter, rev counter and twin-leading-shoe front brake, the CB twins boasted a specification unmatched by any of their rivals. They were no slouches either: producing 28.5bhp at 9,000rpm and weighing just 350lbs, the CB77 possessed an excellent power-to-weight ratio, endowing it with a level of performance equal to that of most British 500s. The model is now one of the most sought after of early Japanese classics.
Nothing is known of the history of this very early example, which currently displays a total of 7,281 miles on the odometer.
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