1959 Honda 125cc C90 Benly Frame no. C90-59-923657 Engine no. C90E-923666
Lot 227
1959 Honda 125cc C90 Benly
Frame no. C90-59-923657 Engine no. C90E-923666
Sold for £632 (US$ 1,049) inc. premium
Lot Details
1959 Honda 125cc C90 Benly
Frame no. C90-59-923657
Engine no. C90E-923666
Honda introduced its first parallel twin - the 250cc C70 - in 1957. Although the crankshaft was of the 360-degree type, the Honda differed from the traditional British twin by virtue of its unitary construction of the engine/gearbox, horizontally split crankcase and chain-driven overhead camshaft. The first 125cc twins - the C90 tourer and CB90 sports - appeared in 1958 and were swiftly superseded by the almost identical C92 and CB92 respectively, though one obvious difference was the deletion of the previous models' distributor-type ignition points housing. Today these Honda twins are among the most collectible of early Japanese classics. This remarkably complete and original example is a rare survivor and would make an excellent restoration prospect. A total of 31,895 kilometres (approximately 19,800 miles) is currently displayed on the odometer. The exhausts are rusty, but this is only surface tarnish and nothing that a specialist chrome plating company could not address. We are advised that the engine turns over freely. In short: this is one of the rarest and most complete Honda motorcycles of its type we have ever seen. There are no documents with this Lot, which is offered without reserve.
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