1975 Kawasaki 498cc Mach III/H1
Frame no. H1F37408
Engine no. H1F38066
The model that kick-started Kawasaki's reputation for building uncompromising high-performance motorcycles was the awesome, legendary Mach III. Light weight combined with a peaky 60bhp and indifferent handling made the two-stroke triple an exciting machine to ride but one that nevertheless had the legs of just about everything under 750cc when launched in 1968. The Mach III (H1) was regularly revised and updated, gaining a front disc brake, revised steering geometry and rubber engine mounts among other changes before production ceased in 1976, by which time it had become the KH500. Irish collector Harry Lindsay purchased this example at the Daytona motorcycle auction in 1991. Offered for restoration, the machine displays a total of only 2,899 miles on the odometer and comes with a State of Michigan Certificate of Title and Republic of Ireland Motor Vehicle Duty Certificate. It should be noted that the VIN plate section carrying the serial number is missing (only the prefix is visible) and that the engine number has been removed. No reserve.
- The frame number stamping for this vehicle is clearly visible on the near side of the steering head tube and reads H1F-37408 as per the catalogue.