Offered from the estate of the late Clifford Jones
Honda 398cc RC163 Grand Prix Replica
Genuine examples of Honda's fabulous Grand Prix-winning multi-cylinder racers of the 1960s have always been out of the financial reach of all but the most wealthy collectors and museums. Generally considered far too precious to parade, let alone race, they are seldom seen in action. The result of this situation has been the growth in recent years of a 'cottage industry' of replica builders, many of whom use the four-cylinder engine of the modern CB250RR sports roadster, a Japan-only model never officially imported into the UK. However, this replica of Honda's RC163 250-class contender is powered by the engine from a Yamaha XJ400, another model not sold in this country, which was no doubt chosen for its four-cylinders and twin-overhead-camshaft architecture. Other noteworthy features include a double-sided 4LS front brake, TLS rear brake, 4-pipe megaphone exhaust system, Keihin CR carburettors and a Scitsu tachometer. The machine carries a 2011 'Festival of 1000 Bikes' identity band, this event perhaps being the last occasion it was used. It is not known who built it or when it was acquired by the late owner. There are no documents with this Lot, which comes with a box of spares.