1979 Honda CBX1000Z Frame no. CB1 2005372 Engine no. CB1E 2005542
Lot 211
1979 Honda CBX1000Z
Registration no. UEY 423T (see text) Frame no. CB1 2005372 Engine no. CB1E 2005542
Sold for €8,625 (US$ 11,378) inc. premium
Lot Details
1979 Honda CBX1000Z
Registration no. UEY 423T (see text)
Frame no. CB1 2005372
Engine no. CB1E 2005542
Just as it had in the preceding decade with the four-cylinder CB750, Honda stunned the world again in the 1970s, introducing the Gold Wing super-tourer and the outrageous six-cylinder CBX1000. Launched in 1978, the latter was not the first six of the modern era, Benelli's 750 Sei having beaten it by a couple of years, but it was by far the biggest and fastest. Launched in 'naked', twin-shock form, the CBX was revamped for 1981 gaining Pro-Link mono-shock rear suspension, a half fairing and ventilated front disc brakes. Weighing around 550lbs and with 105bhp on tap, the CBX was good for over 130mph and scorched through the standing quarter-mile in around 12 seconds. For most owners though, it was not the CBX's performance so much as its on-road presence that mattered. Even today, few bikes can match it for charisma, visual appeal and, above all, sound.

Imported into the UK and first registered there in 1997 as 'CBX 6T', this example of an increasingly collectible classic has also been registered as 'AMX 2T' and 'UEY 423T' (the accompanying Swansea V5C document relates to the latter number). The machine was purchased by Aled Jenkins in 2001 having previously belonged to one Andrew Roch of Bristol and before him to Michael Pollard of Wells, Somerset. Additional documentation consists of sundry invoices, DVLA correspondence, SORN paperwork, copies of old Swansea V5 documents and a substantial quantity of MoT certificates, the most recent of which was issued in July 2011 at 6,993 miles (the current odometer reading is 7,095 miles).

Footnotes

  • HONDA CBX1000 Z 1979
    Immatriculée UEY 423T (voir texte)
    Cadre n° CB1 2005372
    Moteur n° CB1E 2005542

    Exactement comme lors de la décennie précédente avec la CB 750 à quatre cylindres, Honda étonna le monde une fois encore dans les années 1970 en introduisant la Gold Wing de super tourisme, la provocante CBX 1000 six cylindres. Lancée en 1978, celle-ci n'était pas la première six-cylindres moderne, la 750 Sei de Benelli l'ayant précédée de deux ans, mais c'était la plus grosse et la plus rapide. Introduite sous une forme « dépouillée » avec deux combinés de suspension, la CBX fut refondue pour 1981 en bénéficiant d'une suspension arrière monobras Pro-Link, d'un carénage partiel et d'un frein avant à disque ventilé. Pesant près de 250 kg et disposant de 105 ch, la CBX - bonne pour 210 km/h – abattait le 400 m départ arrêté en 12 secondes environ. Mais pour la plupart des acheteurs, les performances pures de la CBX comptaient moins que sa seule présence sur la route. Aujourd'hui encore, peu de motos peuvent rivaliser avec son charisme, son charme visuel et, surtout, son bruit.

    Importée au Royaume-Uni et immatriculée pour la première fois dans ce pays en 1997 sous la désignation CBX 6T, cet exemplaire d'une machine devenue une classique incontournable a été aussi immatriculée « AMX 2T » et « UEY 423 T » (le document V5C émis par Swansea porte ce dernier numéro). La moto fut achetée par Aled Jenkins en 2001 après avoir appartenu à un certain Andrew Roch de Bristol et, avant lui, à Michael Pollard de Wells (Somerset). La documentation jointe comprend aussi un dossier de factures, un échange de correspondance avec la Driving Vehicle Licensing Agency, une déclaration de non mise en circulation (SORN), des copies d'anciens documents V5 de Swansea et plusieurs certificats MoT, le plus récent datant de juillet 2011 à 6 993 miles au compteur qui en affiche actuellement 7 095.
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