c.1966 Honda 247cc C72 Dream
Frame no. C72-212126
Engine no. C72E-2112990
Based on the first Honda twin - the 250cc C70 of 1957 - the C72 tourer arrived in 1960. The C72's cycle parts remained much as those of the preceding C70, featuring a pressed-steel frame, forks, swinging arm and rear chain case. The engine's basic layout likewise was retained but wet sump lubrication was adopted and the clutch moved from the crankshaft to the gearbox main-shaft. Maximum power increased to 20bhp at 8,000rpm. As well as these alterations, the sporting CB version changed to a 180-degree crankshaft and twin carburettors, and used a tubular spine frame instead of the pressed-steel chassis of the tourers. Boasting an overhead-camshaft engine, electric starter and twin-leading-shoe brakes, the specification of these Honda twins was unmatched by any of their rivals. The C72 Dream model possesses an unmistakable style all its own and is now one of the most desirable of these early Japanese classics. This particular C72 is described as a remarkably complete and rust free example of this desirable model. Currently displaying a total of 36,551 kilometres (approximately 22,700 miles) on the odometer, the machine could be returned to the road in its existing condition with relatively little effort. Alternatively, it would be relatively easy to restore it (we are advised that the engine turns over freely). The main faults that need addressing are a small dent in the fuel tank and front mudguard, while part of the final drive chain case is missing. The machine comes with Swiss registration papers and EU import documents enabling it to be registered in any EU member state. No reserve.
- This example of a Honda 247cc C72 Dream dates from 1962.