The property of Richard Hammond,1975 Yamaha 49cc FS1-E Frame no. 54773 Engine no. 54773
Lot 337
The property of Richard Hammond,1975 Yamaha 49cc FS1-E
Registration no. JWH 225P Frame no. 54773 Engine no. 54773
Sold for £6,900 (US$ 9,230) inc. premium

Lot Details
The property of Richard Hammond,1975 Yamaha 49cc FS1-E Frame no. 54773 Engine no. 54773 The property of Richard Hammond,1975 Yamaha 49cc FS1-E Frame no. 54773 Engine no. 54773 The property of Richard Hammond,1975 Yamaha 49cc FS1-E Frame no. 54773 Engine no. 54773
The property of Richard Hammond
1975 Yamaha 49cc FS1-E
Registration no. JWH 225P
Frame no. 54773
Engine no. 54773
Now elevated to cult status, Yamaha's FS1-E 'Sixteener Special' first appeared in 1973. Dropped from the range in 1979, the model was later revived by Yamaha - an almost unprecedented occurrence - with production recommencing in 1987. Originally the 'FS1', the model later gained a set of bicycle pedals to meet UK moped legislation, becoming the 'FS1-E'. In its pre-August 1977, unrestricted form, the 'Fizzie' produced 4.9bhp and was good for around 45mph flat out. When the model was revived, without pedals but now equipped with Autolube, it was available in restricted form only, though the missing horses were relatively easily restored. The passage of time and attendant nostalgia effect has seen the humble FS1-E elevated to the status of one of the most collectible of 'modern' Japanese motorcycles, perhaps only second to the Yamaha RD350LC, with a whole generation of 50-something motorcyclists eagerly buying and restoring the humble 'Fizzie' in an effort to recapture the spirit of their youth. BBC Television 'Top Gear' presenter and avid motorcycle collector, Richard Hammond purchased this superb original FS1-E in December 2011. MoT'd to January 2016 and described as in generally excellent condition, it represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire one of these increasingly collectible motorcycling icons. Accompanying documentation consists of the 2011 purchase agreement, a quantity of expired MoT certificates and a V5C registration document.

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  • The Frame Number is 394-054773. The Engine Number is 394-054773.
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