Property of a deceased's estate
1975 Honda CB400F
Registration no. KPE 599E
Frame no. CB400F-1041764
Engine no. CB400F-E-1044686
Now regarded as one of the classics of the 1970s, the Honda 400 Four first appeared in 1974. Described as 'the poor boy's muscle bike', its combination of a four-cylinder, overhead-camshaft engine in a 250-sized package endowed it a performance better than many 500s. With a stylish four-into-one exhaust, six gears and rear-set footrests, it was every boy-racer's dream and a huge commercial success. Comparing it to the opposition, Bike magazine reckoned the CB400 'represents a brilliantly engineered concept. It retains its appeal on several fronts: it's a four-stroke, and an awful lot of people are biased towards four-strokes; it's as quick as the two-strokes, yet on average road use will give considerably better fuel consumption; its handling is noticeably better than the two-strokes; and who can dispute that it's easily the best sounding 400?' Bought new by its late owner from Dixon Racing Ltd of Godalming, Surrey, this example comes with the original purchase invoice and numerous service bills relating to the first nine-or-so years of its life, the last of which is dated 16th August 1984 at 24,310 miles. The current odometer reading is 33,274 miles, suggesting that 'KPE 599E' was taken off the road a few years later. It is known to have been in storage for some considerable time. In need of re-commissioning and sold strictly as viewed, the machine is offered with the aforementioned documentation, owner's manual, service booklet, Haynes workshop manual and its original Swansea V5 document.
- The registration number on this lot is KPE 599P and not as stated in the catalogue. The frame number is CB400F-1044686. The engine number is CB400FE-1041764.