1990 Honda VRP-RS500 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Engine no. RS500 RE3035
Lot 279
1990 Honda VRP-RS500 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle
Engine no. RS500 RE3035
Sold for £32,200 (US$ 43,075) inc. premium

Lot Details
1990 Honda VRP-RS500 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Engine no. RS500 RE3035 1990 Honda VRP-RS500 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Engine no. RS500 RE3035 1990 Honda VRP-RS500 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Engine no. RS500 RE3035 1990 Honda VRP-RS500 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Engine no. RS500 RE3035
1990 Honda VRP-RS500 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle
Engine no. RS500 RE3035
• Built by Verona Racing Products (VRP) in Italy
• Sold new to a German rider
• Authenticated by Carlo Verona of VRP
• Has been started but not used by the vendor

Following the embarrassing debacle of the NR500, an oval-piston four-cylinder four-stroke that was supposed to bring Honda parity with the two-strokes then dominating Grand Prix racing's 500cc class, the Japanese firm swallowed its corporate pride and went down the stroker path for 1982. Rivals Yamaha and Suzuki had been running four-cylinder 500s for years, so it surprised the pundits when Honda's new contender turned out be a three-cylinder, and one with reed-valve induction rather than the disc valves favoured by everyone else. Although less powerful than the fours, the NS triple was lighter, more manoeuvrable, and possessed higher corner speed, so on some circuits could expect to have the advantage. As it happened, it wasn't that much slower at the top end either, a works rider Freddie Spencer's win (his first) at the fast Spa Francorchamps circuit demonstrated. Boasting an aluminium frame for 1983 (introduced mid-1982) the NS500 proved good enough to bring Spencer his first World Championship in the 500cc class. The factory ran an all-new V4 for Spencer in 1984, though many believe they should have stuck with the tried-and-tested triple, which by this time had been made available to customers as the RS500.

The machine offered here is one of three made in 1990 by Verona Racing Products (VRP) in Italy, the first going to Dario Marchetti, who won the Italian Championship and would go to compete in Grands Prix and the World Superbike Championship. VRP's twin-spar aluminium beam frame represented state-of-the-art Grand Prix chassis design at the time, and the team also fitted 'upside-down' forks, AP Racing brakes. The RS500 engine has the Automatic Torque Amplification Control (ATAC) exhaust 'power valve' system, as adopted on the factory bike in 1983, and breathes via 38mm Dell'Orto flat-slide carburettors.

This particular machine was sold to a German rider and is believed to have been campaigned in the Königsklasse series. The vendor changed the paintwork to the current Rothmans Honda colour scheme as he prefers this Wayne Gardner-era livery. The machine has not been used by the vendor apart from running up - we are advised that it sounds awesome when started. A pair of new spare wheels is included in the sale. A rare opportunity to own an exotic Grand Prix racing '500' from the days when two-strokes ruled supreme.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The Estimate in the printed catalogue should read: £30,000 - 35,000
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